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Her death, national tragedy – Gov Oyinlola

Stories by Dapo Akinrefon
Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, described the death of the former First Lady, Maryam Babangida as a personal loss and a national tragedy.

The Osun State governor, who described himself as a member of the Babangida family, stated that the deceased was a great mother and a role model in philanthropy, loyalty and mentoring.

While commiserating with General Babangida, Prince Oyinlola stressed that the consolation in her death was that she lived a fulfilled life having made positive impacts on the lives of all those she met while alive.

“Her death is a personal loss as well as a national tragedy. I pray that Almighty God will bless her soul and will comfort the husband and her children.

“She has definitely left a vacuum that will be very difficult to fill. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace,” he said.

Maryam, a detribalised bridge builder – Kalu

For Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia State, the late Maryam Babangida was a true lover of children and a detribalised bridge-builder.

According to him, “ She was always cheerful and radiating love. She elevated the officer of First Lady to warmer climes.

“A great mother who kept the kids off the scene when her husband was President.

“Queen of the Delta, who found love in the north.

“She was a powerful Asaba daughter. A caring and pretty woman. Nigeria will miss her,” Kalu concluded.

She believed in Nigeria – Segun Osoba

She believed in Nigeria, says Chief Segun Osoba, former governor of Ogun State.
“May her soul rest in peace.

“She was an elegant lady who was committed to whatever cause she believed in. In her time, she radiated natural beauty.”

Chief Segun Osoba says Maryam “believed in Nigeria and did her best for the overall interest of the country.”

She stood for marginalised women – Bolaji Akinyemi

According to Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, former Foreign Affairs Minister, “coping with death is not easy. Coping with the death of a loved one is even more difficult.

“She will be remembered for her role in standing up for the rural and urban poor and marginalised women.

“My prayers are for her sins to be forgiven and for God to grant her peace and eternal rest.
“May God grant her husband, General Babaginda and the family solace.”


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