File photo: Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd;) former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku; and the Taraba State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, on Friday, expressed grief over the death of a former Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, who died in Cairo, Egypt, aged 61.
They spoke in separate statements extolling the virtues of the deceased, who served as a senator and was a former Taraba State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress.
Buhari, in a statement titled, ‘President Buhari Mourns Former Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Jummai Alhassan,’ signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said he was deeply saddened by Alhassan’s death.
Shehu said the Nigerian Mission in Cairo announced the passing of the former minister.
He quoted Buhari as saying, “The demise of the notable politician, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, has left many saddened. Both in office and out of office, her concern for the education of the girl child, especially those of the 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.”
Speaking in a similar vein, Atiku said with Alhassan’s death, Nigeria had lost ‘yet another impactful female politician in our recent memory.’