After 40 years of marriage Former Head of State, Ibrahim Babangida
who lost his wife and mother of his four children, Maryam Babangida, to
ovarian cancer on 27th December 2009 in an LA hospital has explained why
he is yet to remarry.
“I will tell you an interesting story. There was a woman I was joking
with and I said, ‘Okay, why don’t you marry me?’ and she said, ‘No I
won’t’. And I asked her why? She said, ‘I am not sure I can spoil you
the way your wife used to spoil you; so don’t put any idea into my
head’. He says.
Recounting how life has been without her, Babangida in a new
interview with Vanguard Newspaper said “She was a real companion who got
to understand and accept me for what I am and tried to make the best of
me and that is what I am missing. She was the one who would look at me
and say ‘you’re wrong’ and I had to accept and bury my pride and I will
say ‘sorry, you’re right’. That is the sort of counseling I am missing
The late Mrs Babangida was 61 when she passed on, they were married for 40 years.
She was credited with creating the position of First Lady of Nigeria and making it her own.
As first lady, she launched many programmes to improve the life of
women. The “Maryam Phenomenon” became a celebrity and a “an icon of
beauty, fashion and style”, a position she retained after her husband’s
fall from power.