Breaking: Tragedy Hits Nigeria as Mama Taraba Dies at 61

Breaking: Tragedy Hits Nigeria as Mama Taraba Dies at 61

- Aisha Alhassa, popularly known as Mama Taraba, is dead

- According to report, she died in far away Egypt where was receiving treatment at a Cairo hospital

- Recall that she left the APC after she had issues with party's leadership

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Former minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassa, popularly known as Mama Taraba, is dead.

Daily Nigerian reports that Suleiman Dantsoho, her former media aide, confirmed the death. He said the former minister died at a Cairo hospital on Friday, May 7.

Breaking: Tragedy Hits Nigeria as Mama Taraba Dies at 61
Aisha Alhassan, former Minister of Women Affairs, popularly known as Mama Taraba, is dead. Photo: @SenAishaAlhassn
Source: Twitter

Alhassan contested the Taraba 2015 governorship election under the Platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but lost to incumbent Governor Darius Ishaku, who ran under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

After she lost her bid, President Muhammadu Buhari named her Minister of Women Affairs. She left the party after the party failed to clear her for the 2019 gubernatorial election., Daily Trust added.

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She subsequently defected to the United Democratic Party (UDP).

Meanwhile, Nigerians on social media have reacted to the development with many expressing condolences.

@Usman_A_Gaskiya wrote:

Innalillahi wa inna ilayhi Raji'un.

"This is an Irreparable loss to Nigeria. I've just been informed of the death of Hajiya Jummai Alhassan ( Mama Taraba) in Cairo, Egypt. May Allah have mercy on her soul and grant her Jannatul Firdaus."

@Waliyadeniran added:

"Mama Taraba was this close to becoming the first elected female governor in Nigeria. May Almighty Allah forgive her shortcomings and grant her aljannah fridauz."

Meanwhile, had reported that following her defection and refusal to come back to APC in Taraba state, former minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba has annoyed the leadership of the party in the state.

Specifically, APC described her as irrelevant in political calculations in the state. The 'inconsequential' tag was given by Taraba APC chairman, Hon. Ibrahim El-Sudi.

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He said this while addressing newsmen in Abuja after a meeting of stakeholders with the chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CENCPC), Governor Mai Mala Buni,


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