In recognition of her numerous philanthropic endeavors, a university has been named after the former First Lady of Nigeria, Dr (Mrs) Maryam Sani Abacha in Niger Republic.
According to a release made available by the founder of the school, Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo, the decision to name the university after Dr Maryam Abacha was reached after due consideration of her efforts to develop the African continent. The release noted out that, “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 civilization.
“It also commended the wife of late General Sani Abacha for the roles she has 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 missions of several African governments.
The statement said Maryam Abacha was a philanthropist who fought for the unity of African nations and hailed the peacekeeping exploits of her foundation. According to the release the university which is to be called Maryam Abacha American University of Niger would serve as an opportunity for African youths to relate and exchange cultural ideas thereby promoting a more integrated Africa.