She was not only the consort of Bangabandhu, but also one of the pioneers of the Bengali freedom struggle.
Bangmata Sheikh Fazilatunnecha Mujib was born on August 8, 1930 in Tungipara village of Gopalganj. He was brave and determined from childhood.
He used to deal with any situation with intelligence and prudence. She was not only the consort of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, but she was also one of the pioneers in the Bengali liberation struggle. President Md. Abdul Hamid.
The theme for this year's birth anniversary of Banga Mata is 'Banga Mata A Brave Symbol of Sacrifice and Beauty', which I think is deeply relevant and accurate to the life and work of this noble woman.
Bangabandhu had to be imprisoned numerous times for the sake of the country. Bangamata Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib faced the situation with determination by her husband's side during those difficult days. Besides taking care of the family, she had to do everything, handling the case for her husband's release, giving advice and support in the organizational work of the party.
The President said that Bangamata was also behind Bangabandhu's historic March 7 speech. Inspired by him, Bangabandhu's unwritten speech from the heart was a call for freedom. Immense sacrifice, compassion, cooperation and discretion for the country and nation has anointed her as Bangamata.
In 1971, at the brink of life and death of her husband imprisoned in Pakistan, she faced the situation with infinite patience, courage and prudence despite deep uncertainty and apprehension. His contribution in the history of our freedom struggle and liberation war will be remembered forever.
Bangamata was selfless, unassuming and benevolent. Worldly wealth and lust for power could never attract him. Despite being the wife of the President and Prime Minister, she was always used to living a simple life. He was kind to everyone, helped the poor and needy. She was the epitome of the ideal Bengali woman.
On the night of August 15, along with her husband, son and daughter-in-law, she was brutally martyred by the anti-independence gang at her residence in Dhanmondi. It is a shameful chapter in the history of the nation. Even though Bangamata is no longer with us, her legacy will always be a source of inspiration for us.
On the birth anniversary of Banga Mata, the President sought forgiveness for her departed soul.