ABUJA â€” Minister of State for Health, Dr. Aliyu Idi Hong, has condoled General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida over the death of his wife Maryam Babangida.
In a condolence letter signed by the Minister and made available to Vanguard, he said, â€œit is with great shock and deep sympathy that I received the news of the death of your wife and Nigeriaâ€™s pioneer First Lady Mrs. Maryam Babangida.
â€œThere is no doubt that her death has left a vacuum not only in the family but in the nation at large, as we shall all miss her inestimable contributions to the betterment of women and the less-privileged in the society.
â€œHowever, let us have consolation in the fact that she died as an accomplished mother and left behind a legacy worthy of emulation,â€ he said.
Amazon, says Asabe Yar’Adua
â€œNews of the demise of the former First Lady of the country, Mrs. Maryam Babangida came as a rude shock, as she was an Amazon, whose looming image provided succour to womanhood,â€ said Mrs Asabe Yar’Adua wife of late General Shehu Umaru Yar’Adua.
â€œShe distinguished herself as a woman, who was demonstrably committed to uplifting the standard of the Nigerian woman, particularly the rural woman, because of her importance in the life of any nation.
â€œMrs Maryam was a symbol of positive change, a role model and source of inspiration to many groups that believe in serving humanity.
â€œShe was charismatic and charming. Above all, she was a pacesetter. This can be attested to by the challenges, glamour and vicissitude she brought to the exalted office of the First Lady through her ingenuity and resourcefulness,â€ she added.
. She was a pride to the Black race and its rich cultural heritage. Therefore, her death has deprived the race another icon.
Her glorious exit from the earthly world provides another veritable opportunity for Nigerian leaders to reflect on the challenges facing the country, as Maryam immortalized herself before her death through the popular programme Better Life for Rural Women, which has over the years, come under different nomenclatures as well as drawn national and international attention to the plight, wishes and aspirations of rural women in Nigeria and other developing nations.
We condole with the nation, her husband and his entire family and pray that Allah gives them the fortitude to bear the loss.