Mr. Jibrin Samuel Okutepa (SAN) Pays Tribute To His Mum Who Passed Away
Posted: 02/Jan/2018

Mrs Alewo Ramatu Okutepa, mother of Mr. Jibrin Samuel Okutepa (SAN) is dead. She was 103. In a tribute, Okutepa said: “And the matriarch has gone. She was the first daughter and first child of Uwani Atuluku of the Aju-Ocholi Dynasty of Attah Igala.

“My mother was born an advocate and had answers to every issue you raised. She was named Alewo. She travelled wide in town so the name Alewo. She was a virtuous woman. She was simple and had no known enemies to us the children.

“Since my dad passed on  on December 8, 1982, my mother had remained in the compound and kept the compound alive. She always said she was watching over the compound of the husband.

“She called me oko (husband). A husband I was to her. But indeed she was a mother  to me. When I saw the lifeless body of this my ‘wife’ posted to me, I was amazed that the matriarch of the Aju-Ocholi Dynasty has gone.

“Three days to her death I had spoken to her. She was as jovial as ever and she cracked her usual jokes with me.

”Now I am a complete orphan, but thank God, I am not looking for orphanage home to stay. God has done us well.

“My mother was an epitome of humility. She was kind. She left at the full and ripe  age of 103 years. There can be no better fulfilment than this. She saw us from nothing to something.

“Of all her children, she suffered for me most. She was in my labour for three excruciating days before she was delivered of me by a traditional midwife attendant. She did not wait to see my 58th birthday which is on January 1.

“I was planning to celebrate Christmas with her, but now she is no more. Iya go well. Greet Baba for me. Tell Baba my story.
 
“You know how you attended my swearing-in  in Abuja on August 26, 2011. Tell my father that ‘Oko’ is now a lawyer and that his blessing on me when I left for Makurdi on  October  1, 1980 has produced good results.

“God saw me through to the peak of my career. There are many stories to tell Iya,  but you can’t discuss with me again. I covet your longevity, you put the cap on me and the rest.  Good night Iya.”
The Nation