Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari and late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola have emerged among the latest inductees into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame as heroines of the country’s democracy.
The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) said the induction is in the tradition of keeping records of the Wives of Heads of States and Presidents as well as other prominent Nigerian women patriots.
Director-General of the Centre, Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta said during the induction ceremony of 23 female icons in Abuja that the First Lady Aisha Buhari, late Kudirat Abiola, brutally murdered at the peak of June 12, 1993 struggle; and Dr Stella Adadevoh, who died stopping the widespread of the deadly Ebola Virus in the country, lead the pack of inductees.
She said there was need to celebrate the achievements of Nigerian women considering various barriers which limited them from attaining success, adding that such women had paved way for the success of today’s women.
”The hall of fame features a comprehensive display of records of women from the pre-colonial days, who played legendary roles in trade and commerce, politics, inter-tribal wars etc, but since 2007, no woman has made it to the hall.
“The Hall of Fame provides role models for younger girls and the society at large on the unlimited potential of women in Nigerian society,” Ekpere-Eta said.
The Director General assured Nigerians that the induction would be held every four years to ensure deserving women are adequately captured in the Hall of Fame.
She said the selection was done on merit with documented proofs and assured that modalities, which included quest for excellence, integrity and other positive attributes were the ingredients considered for the selection.
The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, represented by her Senior Special Adviser, Mrs Hajo Sani urged inductees to mentor the younger generation to serve as their legacies.
”It is the collective responsibility of women to continue to work in their different areas of specialisation toward contributing to nation building.
“I urge women to continue to operate in transparency, modesty, honesty and integrity which are core values of this administration and to contribute to next generation of women leaders,” she said.
In her remarks, Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the Hall of Fame would be a tourist centre for foreign nationals and diplomats who visit the country on official assignments.
Dabiri-Erewa, who also chairs the Diaspora Commission, said the Hall of Fame would also present one of the official tourist attraction for adding to the Nigerian story with women as major catalyst to national development.
Also, Senators Oluremi Tinubu and Garba Masi, the first female to represent two states in the Senate, were among the 23 inductees into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.
Other inductees include: Hajiya Maryam Sanusi Dantata for Women and Youths empowerment; Flt. Lt. Blessing Liman, first female military pilot; Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, first female judge of the Appeal Court; and Dr Stella Adadevoh, for saving Nigeria from the spread of the Ebola virus, among others – NAN