Maryam Abacha has been designated the main auditorium of the Maryam Babangida National Centre for Women’s Development by the First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
Maryam is the widow of the late former military head of state, General Sani Abacha.
The hall, formerly known as African Peace Mission Hall, was renamed after Maryam in recognition of her “strong advocacy for peace across the African continent” and was unveiled by the first lady on Saturday.
Mrs. Tinubu stated in her speech that the event marked a significant milestone in the collaborative efforts to reinforce connections that would solidify women’s progress and unity.
She described Mrs. Abacha as “a woman of remarkable character and unwavering commitment to the advancement of Africa.”
“Her advocacy resulted in the creation of the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and the appointment of a female cabinet minister.
“This accomplishment was replicated in multiple states, thereby increasing the visibility of Nigerian women.
“Recently, during the renaming of this center, I emphasized the need for women to reconcile divides, demonstrate exemplary behavior, and look beyond our differences, as our unity is more vital.
“This event is significant because it represents a significant step toward establishing an enduring legacy of peace in our nation.
“In our pursuit of harmony and prosperity, it is essential that we recognize and honor those who have played pivotal roles in advancing peace and stability.”
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), Mrs. Asabe Bashire, the director-general of the center, and Mrs. Monilola Udoh, the permanent secretary in the ministry of women’s affairs, echoed the first lady’s remarks.
Mrs. Abacha prayed for the country and the current administration headed by President Bola Tinubu and Vice President Kass Shettima and wished them success in her speech.