ABACHA, Maryam Sani

Born 4th of March, 1947

Kaduna State





Maryam Abacha was born in Kaduna on March 4, 1947. A native of Borno State, she is the daughter of Alhaji Sheikh Mahammad Jidah and Hajiya Ya Gumsu Nasara. She commenced her education at Tudun Wada Primary and U.N.A. Sabongari Primary School, Zaria and had the benefit of receiving her secondary education at Dala Girls' Secondary School, Kano. She got married to General Abacha, then a lieutenant, in December, 1965 and are blessed with nine children- six boys and three girls. Her marriage to an army widened her horizon considerably and exposed her to the complexities of the Nigerian society. As national president of the Nigerian Army Officers' Wives' Association (NAOWA), from 1985 - 1990, Maryam Abacha had to bring these experiences to bear on her responsibilities. Harnessing the resourcefulness of army officers' wives and their genuine patriotic feelings to further the interests of our association was quite in line with her vision of a united, peaceful and progressive Nigeria. During her tenure as its national president, NAOWA was at the forefront of the national movement for a self-reliant economy. The association launched several development efforts for the education and self improvement of womenfolk. It ran workshops, organised seminars and lectures for soldiers' wives in particular and other citizens. The association operated several farms and small-scale enterprises for the benefit of its members and the less-privileged.
Gender: Female
Marital Status
  • Widowed
Name of Spouse General Sani Abacha
State of Origin: Borno State
Father's Name Alhaji Sheikh Mahammad Jidah
Father's Status Deceased
Mother's Name Hajiya Ya Gumsu Nasara
Mother's Status Deceased
Number of Male Children 7
Number of Female Children 3

Ibrahim Abacha
Mohammed Abacha
Abba Sani Abacha
Mahmud Sani Abacha
Sadiq Abacha
Zainab Abacha
Fatima Gumsu Sani Abacha
Rakiya Abacha
Abdullahi Abacha
Mustapha Abacha

Profession Former First Lady
Working Experience
Tudun Wada Primary and U.N.A. Sabongari Primary School, Zaria, Kaduna State. Dala Girls' Secondary School, Kano

Maryam Abacha founded National Hospital Abuja (originally National Hospital For Women And Children), African First Ladies Peace Mission, The Poverty Alleviation Programme, The National Programme on Immunisation, The Family Support Programme, The Family Support Basic Education Programme and The Family Economic Advancement Programme

social work, cultural affairs and reading.

National president of the Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives’ Association (1985 – 1990)

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