Tribute to Mentor and Worthy Role Model Professor Marliyya Zayyan – Malam Ibrahim Bature
Nigeria, Africa and the World have lost an Icon, very hard to replace public servant yesterday. When I first met her at Presidential Villa Abuja in 2017, I came to understand that, Hajia (as I fondly called her) is a great woman, Medical Doctor Per Excellence.
I was opportuned to asked her about her educational achievements, she took a folder and hand it over to me to check. I was shocked when I first saw that Hajia has 9 Distinctions in her WAEC. As I was scrutinizing her documents, I was privileged to read her MBBS Transcript, Where I learnt Hajia scored all ‘As’ (Distinction) in her first degree, same in her Ph.D and MD. She was awarded best graduating student both in her MBBS, Ph.D and MD. She attended many reputable world Universities for Post-Doc and many courses.
Hajia and one other Kenyan lady are the only Africans who are Fellows of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (O&G), UK. By definition, She was a worldly acclaimed medical Obstetricians and Gynaecologist Doctor, she can enter any hospital in the world and perform surgery.
Hajia Marliyya is a Champion of Cervical Cancer Worldwide, She performed many successful cervical cancer surgeries. Many women across the world survived cervical cancer because of Hajia surgeries.
Hajia was legendary refuge for thousand of underprivileged women as she devoted her O&G practice between Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital Zaria and
Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) Hospital, Badarawa, Kaduna.
Hajia was a “go-to” consultant for the penniless and scorned women across the world. In all her life, her name was on the tongues of multitudes of women with intractable female health problems. She was able to cure many curable infertility cases for many women and put smiles back in their faces as they were able to put to bed and see their F1-generations.
In terms of leadership, Hajia is hardworking and principled public servant who never tolerate injustice and corruption. She served at many capacities and performed excellently.
Thank you for changing my life Hajia. Thank you for your mentorship. Thank you for all you did to my life. I really missed you.
May Allah (SWA) rewards her with jannatul firdause, amin.
Yours forever loyalist,
Malam Ibrahim Bature
Lecturer with the Department of Animal Science, Federal University Dutsin-Ma, Katsina State, Nigeria.