Gbenga Ariyibi and Kolade Larewaju
Following the death of the former First Lady Mrs. Maryam Babangida, Prominent Nigerians, including the governors of Ekiti, Ondo and Ogun states, have sent in consolation messages for the Babangida family.
From Ekiti State the governor, Engr Segun Oni hasÂ joined other patriotic NigeriansÂ to lament the demise of the former first lady, saying he had found it very difficult to believethat such an amazon could passed on very soon.
According to the statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Wale Ojo Lanre in Ado Ekiti yesterday described Maryam’s death as theÂ â€œthe exit of a phenomenal role model and trailblazer, who injected vibrancy, glamour and colour into the State House.â€
His words â€œWith Maryam Babangidaâ€™s death, Nigeria has again lost one of its great women of strong intelligence and deep thinkers.
Oni, who described the death as sad both for the Ex-President Ibrahim Babangidaâ€™s family, the nation and the entire women folk in particular, prayed for the repose of her soul.
â€œI received with disbelieve the death of former first lady, Mrs. Maryam Babangida, and all that I can say now is that Allah in His infinite mercy will give her husband, former President Ibrahim Babangida, her children, the women folk and Nigerians in general the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
â€œParticularly, I implore her husband and family members to take solace in Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful, who gives and takes lives when it pleases Him.
â€œThey should also be consoled by the fact that Maryamâ€™s life was a mode, a brand that symbolised service to humanity and absolute dedication to worthy courses.
â€œShe registered her name in the hearts of the people through her involvement in the National Council for Women’s Societies (NCWS) where she had significant influence, publication of a book titled: Home Front: Nigerian Army Officers and Their Wives where she emphasized the value of the work that women perform in the home in support of their husbands and most importantly, her Better Life for Rural Women programme.
â€œOn behalf of my family, Government and people of Ekiti State, I express our heartfelt condolence for the loss of such a distinguished woman of strong character and glamour on whose a journalist wrote in 1990 after the opening of the seven day Better Life Fair in 1990 that; â€˜She was like a Roman empress on a throne, regal and resplendent in a stone-studded flowing outfit that defied description…â€™
Mimiko condole with Babangida over Maryamâ€™s death
The Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has commiserated with the former Military President of Nigeria, Gen Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, over the demise of his wife and former First Lady of the nation, Mrs. Maryam Babangida.
In a release issued on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, Governor Mimiko described the passage of the flamboyant former First Lady as shocking, painful and a sad loss.
â€œOn behalf of myself, my family and the people of Ondo State, I want to commiserate with Gen Babangida and his family over this sad loss. Mrs. Babangida was the pillar behind her husband throughout his regime and brought flamboyancy to the Office of the First Lady. Late Maryam Babagida, as the First Lady, would be remembered for her numerous programmes, especially the Better Life Programme through which she reached and touched not only the rural women but a vast majority of Nigerians. She will be sorely missed.
â€œWe pray that Almighty Allah give Gen. Babangida, the family and the good people of Asaba in Delta State where she hailed from the fortitude to bear the sad and unfortunate loss. May Allah also give grant her Al-janah in the hereafter,â€ Mimiko prayed.
Daniel console IBB
GOVERNOR Olugbenga Daniel, of Ogun State has described the death of the former first lady and wife of General Ibrahim Babangida, Hajiya Maryam Babangida, as a huge loss to the country especially the women folk.
Governor Daniel who stated this in a condolence message to the former military president said the death of the founder of the Better Life for Rural women has robbed the country of a vibrant woman who spent the better part of her life working for the good of the women folk and the generality of Nigerians.
The Governor stated that during the tenure of the departed first lady between 1985 and 1993 as the mother of the Nation, she devoted her life to the economic emancipation of the women folk while she imbued the office with grace that radiated far and wide.
â€œHajiya Babangida was a quintessential woman who stood solidly behind her husband in his impressive career. She was a good example of the African woman. She effectively combined the tough duties of the home front with the demanding challenges of her office as wife of a senior army officer, Chairperson of the Army Officers Wives Association and later as the first lady of the federal republic of Nigeria, an office she effectively harnessed to the betterment of the women folk and generality of Nigerians.Â Her contributions to the standard of living of rural women through her Better life Programme will continue to be remembered by many Nigerians. â€
The Governor while sympathizing with the former president on behalf of the government and people of Ogun State also prayed that God in His infinite mercy will give the families the fortitude to bear the loss, and the courage to face the challenges ahead without her.