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JUST IN: Former minister, Mama Taraba, passes on after brief illness

By News Desk

The former minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Al-Hassan, popularly called Mama Taraba, has been reported to have passed on at the age of 61 after a brief illness.

As gathered, the former lawmaker, who represented Taraba North Senatorial District at the National Assembly, was said to have died at a hospital in Cairo, Egypt.

The Guild learnt that the deceased, before her death, had been shuttling between Nigeria and Cairo for medical treatment after resigning as a minister under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Al-hassan, who is known for his zeal to ensure girls get better education was confirmed by her media aide, Bala Maina, and added that she died on Friday after leaving Nigeria for Egypt to see her personal physician.

Reacting to the development, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, described her death as a huge loss to the entire country.

Buhari said “The demise of the notable politician, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan has left many saddened. Both in office and out of office, her concern for the education of the girl child, especially those of Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, who were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists, shone through.

“Her death is a huge loss not only to the female gender activist community but to the country as a whole. Our condolences to her family, friends, National Assembly and government and people of Taraba State.”

 Ishaku described Aisha Alhassan as a woman of great courage, noting that her death was a personal loss for him as well as many Tarabans that look up to her as a role model.
He said he and Alhassan had enjoyed a robust political relationship and had kept in touch even while both of them contested for the same seat of Governor of Taraba State from different political platforms in 2015 and 2019.
In a statement signed by the Governor’s media aide, Bala Dan-Abu, Ishaku described Alhassan as an asset, one which death has robbed Taraba State and Nigeria of.
While urging He urged her family to take solace in the fact that Alhassan lived a life of service to humanity and prayed God to grant her soul eternal rest.
He added that as minister of Women Affairs, Alhassan contributed immensely towards social and political emancipation of women.

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