President Muhammadu Buhari has described Dame Virgy Etiaba as a pacesetter in Nigeria’s politics and governance.
President Buhari made the commendation in his birthday message to Etiaba on Tuesday, a statement signed by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) said.
Etiaba, a former Governor of Anambra State, who marked her 78th birthday on Tuesday, was further commended by Buhari for her commitment for a better Anambra State.
Buhari, who said her contributions to national development cut across many sectors, praised her for the courage she displayed when she was in active partisan politics.
The President recalled how Etiaba navigated the uncertain path of politics and walked on it to become a Deputy Governor and eventually a Governor, a feat Buhari noted, stood her out being a legacy.
“The President believes the former governor, who also served her state as a Deputy Governor, set the pace for future possibilities for women in the country to start participating fully in politics and governance, and taking ownership in driving development that clearly needs more female inclusion.
“As Dame Etiaba turns 78, the President notes, with appreciation, her contributions to educational development, working variously as a teacher and head teacher in many parts of the country before retiring and setting up an institution that continues to promote knowledge, discipline and good character.
“He prays that the almighty God will grant the former governor longer life, good health and wisdom to keep inspiring and mentoring more women into leadership.