President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed deep suddenness at the death of Hajiya Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, also known as Mama Taraba.
The deceased was a Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development during Buhari’s first term in office.
They fell out after she declared her support for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President 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.”
He condoled with the deceased’s family, friends, National Assembly and government and people of Taraba State.