It came as a surprise to Nigerians when news emerged on Friday, May 7, that Aisha Jummai Alhassan, a former minister of women affairs had died.
The late minister, popularly known as Mama Taraba, was one of the foremost female politicians in Nigeria.
While Nigerians are mourning her demise, Legit.ng has compiled some interesting facts about the late politician.
1. Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan was born on September 16, 1959, in Jalingo, Taraba state.
2. She was the first female to be appointed Taraba Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice
3. Al-Hassan was also the first woman to be appointed as Secretary FCT judicial council on 17 December 2003.
4. She went into full-time business and politics after her retirement from the FCT judiciary.
5. The politician was a member of the 7th Senate between 2011 to 2015 on the platform of the PDP.
6. She was the governorship candidate of the APC in the Taraba governorship election in 2015.
7. Al-Hassan was unanimously declared as the candidate of the UDP in the Taraba state gubernatorial election in 2019.
8. In 2015, the Taraba State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal in Abuja declared Al-Hassan of the APC the winner of the April 11 gubernatorial election in the state, ruling was however dismissed on appeal.
9. She was appointed in 2015 to the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari after his election.
10. Al-Hassan once described a former vice-president, Atiku Abubakar, as her godfather.
11. The late minister is widely known as “Mama Taraba”, because of her increased influence in the politics of her state.
12. Mama Taraba resigned as the Minister on July 27, 2018, after the ruling APC screening committee disqualified her from the 2019 governorship primaries.
13. She actively supported the Taraba State Football Association.
In another news, the family of the general overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCC), Enoch Adeboye, has announced the burial arrangement for his late son, Pastor Dare.
According to a Facebook post by Adeboye’s personal assistant, Leke, the funeral rites will hold at the RCCG convention centre at the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Leke who is also a brother of the deceased thanked the public for the outpouring of support to the family during this period.