Former first lady and chairperson of Better Life for Rural Women, Maryam Bagangida, has died after a prolonged battle with an illness believed to be cancer (Ovarian) at the age of 61.
Mrs. Maryam Babangida was born in November, 1948. She had fairly humble beginnings in her hometown of Asaba where she received part of her early education before moving up north to Queen Amina's College Kaduna for her Secondary education. She went on to graduate as a Secretary at the Federal Training Centre, Kaduna and later obtained a diploma in secretaryship from Laselle University, Chicago, USA as well as a Certificate in Computer Science from the NCR Institute in Lagos.
On September 6th,1969, two months before her 21st Birthday, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida (then a Major), took time off the war front to marry her. Their marriage has been blessed with four children: 2 boys, Mohammed and Aminu and two girls, Aisha and Halima.
Apart from a brief stop at a career in her line of training, before and shortly after marriage, Mrs. Babangida remained a full time housewife, establishing and nurturing the home front until the youngest had fairly come of age.
Ah, o pari! Ejo ewo tun ni \"wept profusely\"?
Some Nigerian journalists and their oversabi grammar!
Babangida returns to receive Maryam's body, weeps
From Madu Onuorah (Abuja), John Ogiji, Fatima Adekola (Minna), Bertram Nwannekanm and Helen Amajo (Lagos)
Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | LINK
Swollen-eyed former President, Gen. Ibrahim
Badamasi Babangida (right), arriving at the
Minna Airport, Minna, Niger State... yesterday
PHOTO: ABAYOMI ADESIDA
IT was a heart-rending spectacle yesterday as Gen. Ibrahim Babangida wept profusely on arrival at Minna Airport at 5.45 p.m. in a private aircraft to await the return of the remains of his wife, Maryam, who died in the United States :twistedU.S.) at the weekend.
She passed on last Sunday at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre (UCLA), Los Angeles after a battle with ovarian cancer.
Gen. Babangida returned to receive the body, which will be buried at 11:00 a.m. today beside the family mosque at his Hilltop Mansion in Minna.
The uncontrollable weeping of Nigeria's former military President for eight years forced many people at the airport to burst into tears. (Oh jeeeze, Awon Abelekunsokun. Either the journalists are exergerrating about folks going "buhooo!" or, as is possible with some Nigerians, people are wailing more than the bereaved..)
Babangida was received by his son-in-law and Zamfara State Governor Aliyi Shinkafi as well as the General's first son, Mohammed and others.
Also, at the airport were Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Anambra governorship candidate, Prof. Chukwuma Charles Soludo and former governor of Yobe State, Bukar Abba Ibrahim among others.
Babangida, dressed in black caftan, arrived at his residence at 6.10 pm in company of Niger State Governor Babangida Aliyu and others in a 38-seater coaster bus bearing the official seal of the state government.
Meanwhile, the three-day fidau prayers for the repose of the soul of the late former First Lady have been held in Minna.
The two and half hours prayer was performed by the chief iman of Minna Central Mosque, Alhaji Abu Fari who prayed for forgiveness.
The prayer was attended by immediate family members, sympathisers and other dignitaries including former head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, Aliyu and Shinkafi, and the Minister for Interior, Alhaji Shettima Mustapha. Erstwhile governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abdulkadir Kure and Alhaji Dettijo Aliyu, a former commissioner for heath in the state and cousin to Gen. Babangida, were also there.
Thousands of Nigerians have continued to troop to the hill-top mansion to register their condolence. They included former Head of State Gen. Yakubu Gowon and his wife, Victoria, former Lagos State military governor, Brig. Gen. Raji Rasaki, former governor of Cross River State, Col. Anthony Ukpo, former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Mohammed Inuwa Wushishi.
Others included the Governor of Osun State Olagunsoye Oyinlola and former Minister for Works and Housing Tony Anenih.
Gowon noted that the late Maryam was an exceptionally good first lady who dedicated her life especially to the rural women and Nigeria in general.
Gowon said: "It is a very sad occasion for all of us and she will be sorely missed by her husband, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida as well as the children who were left behind.
"We hope that they (children) follow her footsteps and ensure that they maintain the legacy she left behind through life."
Gen. Abubakar remarked: "She has really played her role as the first lady of Nigeria. She brought the Better Life Programme for the rural woman and I believe that through her office the rural woman has been brought to the fore and a lot of things have been done for the rural areas. She has played her role as the First Lady and as set the tone of how first ladies should contribute their own quota in the affairs of the nation."
Oyinlola said: "It is my own person (AUSPY: Literal translation from Yoruba, \"Eeyan Mi")that I have lost; I have been with the family since I was 20 years of age and I pray that the good lord continues to uphold the family."
Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau yesterday condoled with Babangida.
In the letter dated December 28, 2009 and addressed to Gen. Babangida, he said: "It is with deep sense of grief that, I, on behalf of the entire Army, commiserate with you and your entire family...
"Her Excellency was a loving mother to all, especially the less privileged in the society throughout her life time. Her passion for the welfare of wives of officers and soldiers when she was the National President of Nigerian Army Officers' Wives Association was remarkable and a source of encouragement to all those who attained that post after her. She will surely be missed and remembered by all in the Nigerian Army and the country at large.
"It is my fervent prayer (AUSPY: Another common colloquial jargon that people say without any 'feverence') that the Almighty God will grant you and those she left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. Once again, please accept our heartfelt condolences."
Also, the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday, commiserated with the Babangidas, lauding Maryam's "pioneering efforts on the upliftment of women's welfare".
NBA, in a statement by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Gbolahan Gbadamosi, on behalf of the NBA President, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), noted that she was " a pride to African women." (AUSPY: Ah, everybody is just LYING sha! Will the real \"EM and EM\" please stand up?)
According to the Association: "The sad news of the death of a friend of rural women after succumbing to the terminal ailment came to us as an unkind piece at this period. (AUSPY: Ah thank God they didn't say \"rude shock\" this time, pheeew!)
\"It is on record that her pet project- Better Life for the Rural Woman brought succour to underprivileged women. Her legacy on this score is worthy of emulation.
"We are consoled by the effort she put in the service of humanity and pray that God will give the Babangidas the courage to bear the irreparable loss".
A business mogul and Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola-Alao, has also condoled Babangida.
In a statement yesterday, Arisekola-Alao said: "Every soul shall have a taste of death and Allah will, by his mercy compensate us of our deeds on the day of judgment and those that the Almighty Allah admitted into the garden would have succeeded and Hajia Maryam Babangida will insha Allah be one of them.
" I hereby express my heartfelt condolence to my brother, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria over the death of his wife, Hajia Maryam Babangida. "Please, take consolation from God that our departed wife and mother played her part very well... History will never forget her. May the merciful Allah accept her. Amen."
so the dude can weeps ?
All these weeping Generals sef
Quite a list.
A who's who of some of the destroyers of Nigeria.
No one who remains a friend of Babangida is a friend of Nigeria.
Let me add my token of tears to help soften the ground for the glamorous former first lady.
I hope Turai is not jealous that all she could marry was a semi dead president that has made hospital ward his permanent abode! Such is life.
What better list for Mutallab to have taken advantage off
Jesus wept, too.
The depth of emotion shown by this man, this icon, this living legend, leads me to believe even more that this man is truly reformed.
In view of this, and also considering his recent loss, plus the fact that all men want history to look kindly upon them, I have an out-of-the-box, left-field proposal for y'all to ponder as we go into the New Year blacklisted, rudderless and lost:
IBB 2011: Born-Again
One word: Maradonnic-Messiah.
Contrast with: OBJ
Or even: Sickly Snail
sh*t-stirrer, yeah dats me
Very touching to see a heartbroken man weep so bitterly for his beloved dead wife. Sinners and Saints feel sorrow, loss and anguish the same. While I have ample cause to vilify the man for his many unspeakable crimes against Nigerians, I will gladly reserve my condemnation for another more appropriate occasion. I refuse to let my disapproval of the man's policies and his kleptomaniac tendencies control my natural reaction to a human tragedy, especially one that none is immune to.
But wouldn't we all be happier had Mr. Babangida showed that sort of mercy to Nigerians, both those who directly suffered as a result of his policies and those were dispatched to the other side at his orders? We would also be spared of the remembrance of those days when a certain member of Mr. Babangida's family boasted that they would be back in power in Aso Rock in 2007.
Many of us also refuse to let Mr. Babangida's public tears serve as a template for our response. Many a Nigerian spouse had shed hot and bitter tears on account of Mr. Babangida. The man-years lost while he ravaged the country are irrecoverable, let alone the opportunities and lives lost.
kai, you qualify for stand up!
I knew you guys will lead up to this, I never expected it to be so soon sha......well done