Labour and Productivity Minister, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode has described Maryam’s death as a â€œgreat loss to theÂ labour sector in the country considering her immense contributions to create employment in Nigeria especially for the rural womenâ€.
Speaking on the contributions of the late Maryamâ€™s Better Life for Rural Women programme to the informal sector, the Minister said, the project â€œremains relevant as employment generation strategy for womanhood in Africaâ€.
He also extolled the virtues of Hajia Maryam Babangida as a constant advocate for women against all forms of injustice which has succeeded in creating a high level of awareness among Nigerian women.
He enjoined the entire family to take solace in the fact that Allah giveth and taketh life at His own will.
He prayed to Allah to give them fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
She had uncommon touch, says Ekweremadu
Abuja â€” Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has condoled former military President, Ibrahim Babangida on the death of his wife Maryam, praising her for her uncommon touch with Nigeriaâ€™s rural populace despite her privileged background.
Ekweremadu, in a condolence letter dated 28 December 2009 and addressed to Babangida, also lauded his late wife for bringing glory and charm to the duties of the First Lady.
He said, â€œI received, with a deep sense of loss, the news of the passing on of your dear wife and former First Lady, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mrs. Maryam Babangida. This is no doubt a very grave loss, not just for your family and the people Niger State, but the nation as a whole.
â€œIt cannot be disputed that your late wife made her mark on the sands of time. She revolutionalised the office of the First Lady, bringing glory, charm, and enterprise to bear on it, while at the same time demonstrating how someone could be up there and still connect with the masses of our underprivileged and rural women in a partnership driven by a genuine quest for a better life.
â€œIn and out of power, she practically repositioned the Nigerian women in the scheme of things, galvanising them towards self rediscovery in the home front, political, entrepreneurial and social spaces.â€
She truly paid her dues and will indeed be dearly missed by all.â€
Maryam Babangida, â€œAfricaâ€™s famous women mobiliser, Says NIPR
The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, has described the former Nigeriaâ€™s First Lady, Mrs Maryam Ibrahim Babangida, as â€œAfricaâ€™s famous women mobiliser and a friend of the weakâ€.
The Institute stated this in a condolence letter addressed to the former Nigeria’s President, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd), a copy of which was made available to journalists, yesterday in Bauchi.
The letter, signed by the National President of the Institute, Alhaji Muhammed Abdullahi, said that the late Mrs Babangida had â€œexuded an aura of peace and spiritâ€.
â€œShe rekindled the creative potential of the less-privileged, particularly the womenfolk and taught them to challenge their perceived disabilties to become fundamentally productive.
â€œThe revolution she led was such that it swept the continent of Africa, which can be gleaned from the increased participation of women in policy formulation, business, industry, agriculture, education and poverty eradication initiatives.
â€œCertainly, her life transcends the limitations of this world. Her humanised angelic qualities reflect values that will forever serve as a positive pointer all generations.â€
The NIPR also described Maryam Babangida as â€˜â€™a sincere devoted housewife, who impacted transformational values not only to members of her immediate family, but the Nigerian nationâ€™â€™.
It said that the demise of the former Nigeriaâ€™s first lady will go down in history as one of the most single catastrophe that befell the country, adding: â€˜â€™we have lost a fountain_head of wisdom and selflessnessâ€™â€™.
â€œAs we mourn the departure of a dynamic, loyal, spiritual, courageous partner to you our leader and father, we beseech God the Almighty to grant you exceptional strength, the heart and the courage to bear this great loss with equanimity.
â€œWe are, however, consoled by the fact that she had left astounding footsteps and indelible landmarks for the benefit of humanity,â€ NIPR added.
The Institute prayed God to grant Mrs Babangida eternal rest and her husband, Gen. Babangida, â€˜â€™the strength, courage, wisdom, good health and the ability to continue to discharge the onerous burden placed on his shoulders by destinyâ€™â€™.