By Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep sadness over the death of Hajiya Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, “Mama Taraba’’, who was Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development during his first term in office.
According to a statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, 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.”
The two time governorship candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and United Development Party (UDP) is said to have died at a hospital in Cairo Egypt after a brief illness.