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Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State (right) and Niger Delta Development Minister, Chief Ufot Ekaette, on a condolence visit to former President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida in Minna, Niger State, yesterday. PHOTO: Abayomi Adeshida.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State (right) and Niger Delta Development Minister, Chief Ufot Ekaette, on a condolence visit to former President, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida in Minna, Niger State, yesterday. PHOTO: Abayomi Adeshida.

Labour and Productivity Minister, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode has described Maryam’s death as a “great loss to the  labour sector in the country considering her immense contributions to create employment in Nigeria especially for the rural women”.

Speaking on the contributions of the late Maryam’s Better Life for Rural Women programme to the informal sector, the Minister said, the project “remains relevant as employment generation strategy for womanhood in Africa”.

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 — 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 Nigeria’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, “I 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.

“It 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.

“In 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.”

She truly paid her dues and will indeed be dearly missed by all.”

Senate President, Senator David Mark (r) being received by the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Farouk Bahago while the Emir of Zauzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris (m) and others watched during condolence visits to former President Badamosi Babangida at Minna, Niger State. Pix. by Abayomi Adeshida
Senate President, Senator David Mark (r) being received by the Emir of Minna, Alhaji Farouk Bahago while the Emir of Zauzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris (m) and others watched during condolence visits to former President Badamosi Babangida at Minna, Niger State. Pix. by Abayomi Adeshida

Maryam Babangida, “Africa’s famous women mobiliser, Says NIPR

The Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, has described the former Nigeria’s First Lady, Mrs Maryam Ibrahim Babangida, as “Africa’s famous women mobiliser and a friend of the weak”.
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 “exuded an aura of peace and spirit”.

“She rekindled the creative potential of the less-privileged, particularly the womenfolk and taught them to challenge their perceived disabilties to become fundamentally productive.

“The 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.

“Certainly, her life transcends the limitations of this world. Her humanised angelic qualities reflect values that will forever serve as a positive pointer all generations.”

The NIPR also described Maryam Babangida as ‘’a sincere devoted housewife, who impacted transformational values not only to members of her immediate family, but the Nigerian nation’’.
It said that the demise of the former Nigeria’s first lady will go down in history as one of the most single catastrophe that befell the country, adding: ‘’we have lost a fountain_head of wisdom and selflessness’’.

“As 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.

“We are, however, consoled by the fact that she had left astounding footsteps and indelible landmarks for the benefit of humanity,” NIPR added.

The Institute prayed God to grant Mrs Babangida eternal rest and her husband, Gen. Babangida, ‘’the strength, courage, wisdom, good health and the ability to continue to discharge the onerous burden placed on his shoulders by destiny’’.


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