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Yakubu Gowon’s Sister, Lami Dimka confirmed Dead



Mrs. Maryamu Lami Dimka, the elder sister to former Military Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has died.

The deceased was also the wife of the late Commissioner of Police, Mr. SK Dimka.

Maryamu Dimka was announced dead on Wednesday, August 3 as she was survived by children; Mrs. Elizabeth Rimdans, one-time Resident Electoral Commissioner to Anambra & Bauchi States, Ms. Margaret Dimka & Mr. Philip Dimka, and many grandchildren & great-grandchildren.

Other surviving relations include Nigeria Airways Capt (Rtd), Moses Gowon & Dr. Dawuda Gowon.

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled General Yakubu Gowon over the death of his older sister.

The President, in a statement issued Thursday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, urged General Gowon and the family members she left behind to preserve her memories and legacies.

President Buhari said the deceased left behind a remarkable record of service and care as a Matron in the female hostel at Ahmadu Bello University in the 60s and would continue to be cherished for her active participation in many social and religious organizations, including Nigerian Red Cross Society, Young Women’s Christian Association, Bible Translation, Bible Society and Horticultural Society.

Buhari said:

She retained right family values and moral strength. She instilled a spirit of service in her children as seen through their philanthropic activities and an eagerness to give back to society.

“In this tragic hour, our hearts and prayer are with you and the entire family,

Her Life entry and achievements

Maryamu Dimka was a Matron in the Women’s Hostel of the now Ahmadu Bello University in the 60s.

She was also active as a member & official of many organisations including The Nigeria Red Cross, Young Women’s Christian Association, Bible Translation, The Bible Society.

A member of the Horticultural Society, she was a great lover of gardening and a lover of music who was active in her Church choir until recent times

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