Maryam Abacha is Northeast Star magazine’s Woman of the Year

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Maryam Abacha is Northeast Star magazine’s Woman of the Year

S.L Balama

H.E Maryam Abacha

Jubilation in Maiduguri as Maryam Abacha is announced as Woman of the Year,2018

H.E Maryam Abacha,wife of the late Head of State,General Sani Abacha is going to receive the Woman of the Year award because of her passion and commitment to family values,resilience and charity.She came second to General Danjuma in the online poll far ahead of H.E Atiku Abubakar,H.E Babagana Kingibe ,Prof. Umaru Shehu and other nominees.

Over the years, the role of first lady has been filled by a range of personalities. Some of these women stayed in the background while others used their position to advocate for specific issues. A few first ladies even played an important role in their husband’s administration, working alongside the president to help enact policies. As a result, the role of first lady has evolved over the years. Many Nigerians especially those in the northern parts of the country are still missing General Abacha thus the reason why so many of them nominated his wife for this award.

Alhaji Hassan Galadima,Chairman of the Arewa Journalists Forum and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Award said that he was not surprised that Mrs. Abacha emerged as Woman of the Year and the Arewa Journalist Forum will be happy to collaborate with Northeast Star magazine to bestow the award on her.

Mr. Diwa Pindar while speaking to this medium said that regardless of the fact that General was a military man,he was more democratic than most of his successors.As for his wife said Mr. Pindar, “We still see her legacies like The National Hospital and the rest.Go to all the State capitals and you will what FEAP had done still standing even though the nomenclatures have been changed.”

 

Alhaji Hassan Galadima,Chairman of the Arewa Journalists Forum and Chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Award said that he was not surprised that Mrs. Abacha emerged as Woman of the Year and the Arewa Journalist Forum will be happy to collaborate with Northeast Star magazine to bestow the award on her.

Late General Abacha rose from the rank of Second Lieutenant to become a full General and subsequently Head of State in November 1993.He is adjudged to have one the best economic management team in Nigeria. Also under him Nigeria was safer and more united.He married Maryam at the age of 21 and fathered 8 children with her out of which one (Ibrahim) died in a plane crash.Nigeria did not borrow a single Dollar from the Bretton Woods through out the 5 year rule of General Abacha. May his soul rest in peace.

Mrs. Abacha is one woman that has stood firmly behind her husband even after his death,defending him from the accusations and alleged blackmail of his enemies. She has also been able to keep her family strong,united and focused.

The award will consist of award medal,certificates of recognition and a personalized roll up banner.

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