A University in Nigeria’s northern neighbors, Niger Republic, has been named after former 1st Lady, Maryam Abacha.
According to a statement by the founder of the university, Adamu Gwarzo, the decision to name the university after Mrs. Abacha was reached after due consideration of her efforts to develop the African continent.
“Her name stood out amongst the sea of names up for nomination because she has been a mother of humanity who has served her nation and the African continent as a whole with passion to develop the human race and civilisation,” the statement said.
It also commended the former first lady for the roles she played in alleviating the suffering of women and children in the war torn regions of Africa through her foundation, the African First Ladies Peace Mission, which she set up to complement the peace keeping mission of several African governments.
The statement said Mrs. Abacha was a philanthropist who fought for the unity of African nations.
The university which is to be called Maryam Abacha American University of Niger, would serve as an opportunity for African youth to relate and exchange cultural ideas thereby promoting a more integrated Africa, the statement said.