By Ime Silas

The Akwa Ibom Chapter of Asiwaju Women Cooperative Society (AWCS), a sociopolitical organisation has expressed shock over the sudden death of its National President; Chief (Mrs.) Tonyin Badmus who was also the Iya-Oloja of Abuja. The Women group while describing the late Mrs Tonyin as a great Woman Mobilizer, said news of her departure was unexplainable.

“It was with rude shock that we the State Executives, LG Coordinators and entire members of Asiwaju Women Cooperative Society (AWCS), Akwa Ibom State Chapter received the most shocking news of the sudden demise of our dearly beloved National Coordinator; Chief (Mrs.) Tonyin Badmus who was also the Iya-Oloja of Abuja.

“Up until this moment, we are still in great bewilderment, not being able to explain to ourselves what could take away our great mother from us at a time like this.

It is an undisputed fact that she dedicated the last years of her life on earth -although unknown to her that she was leaving soon -tending and nurturing AWCS. What a sad tale of how our great woman mobilizer participated actively during the planting season but not alive to enjoy the fruits of harvest”, the group noted in its message of Condolences signed by State Coordinator; Dr. (Mrs.) Theresa Edem.

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Reminiscing on how the departed Woman leader committed her resources into mobilizing grassroots women for the actualization of Asiwaju Tinubu’s Presidential bid, the message continued “With her resources, Chief (Mrs.) Tonyin brought us progressive women across Nigeria together with focus on two cardinal objectives:

“To mobilize the grassroots women in support of the 2023 Presidential aspiration of His Excellency, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and to ensure his victory,

“To ensure that the grassroots women are effectively empowered through our Cooperative Society and, being integrated in government when our Great Grand Patron; H.E. Asiwaju Tinubu, who is President-elect today, becomes the President of Nigeria.

By God’s special grace, our departed National Coordinator witnessed the fulfilment of objective number one. Will she see from her grave the fulfilment of objective number two? Everyone longs for an affirmative answer.

As our great mother is interred, we fervently beseech the Almighty God to grant her bereaved family and the entire AWCS family in Nigeria, the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss, even as we pray for a perfect and peaceful rest for her gentle soul in heavenly places, Amen”.