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.
â€œHer 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.
â€œShe has definitely left a vacuum that will be very difficult to fill. May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace,â€ 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, â€œ She was always cheerful and radiating love. She elevated the officer of First Lady to warmer climes.
â€œA great mother who kept the kids off the scene when her husband was President.
â€œQueen of the Delta, who found love in the north.
â€œShe was a powerful Asaba daughter. A caring and pretty woman. Nigeria will miss her,â€ Kalu concluded.
She believed in Nigeria – Segun Osoba
She believed in Nigeria, says Chief Segun Osoba, former governor of Ogun State.
â€œMay her soul rest in peace.
â€œShe was an elegant lady who was committed to whatever cause she believed in. In her time, she radiated natural beauty.â€
Chief Segun Osoba says Maryam â€œbelieved in Nigeria and did her best for the overall interest of the country.â€
She stood for marginalised women – Bolaji Akinyemi
According to Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, former Foreign Affairs Minister, â€œcoping with death is not easy. Coping with the death of a loved one is even more difficult.
â€œShe will be remembered for her role in standing up for the rural and urban poor and marginalised women.
â€œMy prayers are for her sins to be forgiven and for God to grant her peace and eternal rest.
â€œMay God grant her husband, General Babaginda and the family solace.â€