President Muhammadu Buhari has visited th father of the former minister of women affairs in his first cabinet, Hajiya Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan, who died recently in Cairo, Egypt.
The President, who was represented by a delegation led by the Minister of State, Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar Aliyu, told late Aisha’s father, Alhaji Abubakar Ibrahim that the nation has lost a woman leader.
Abubakar Igrahim is Sarkin Ayyukan Muri, who received the President’s delegate along with the Emir of Muri, Alhaji Abbas Tafida and the Taraba State Governor, Architect Darius Ishaku
Buhari said: “we lost a great leader with an indomitable spirit with people, especially the womenfolk at her heart. The late Aisha Alhassan was strong, bold and people-oriented.”
President Buhari prayed to Allah to repose her soul, saying that Aisha’s death had left a huge void in Nigerian politics.
A brother of the deceased and former Senator, Abdulaziz Ibrahim who spoke on behalf of the family thanked the President for making their sister a minister and assured that they will continue to be with him.
The Emir on his part described death as inevitable. He prayed for the deceased and thanked the President for his support to the people of the state.
He advised him to remain calm and steadfast and act decisively to deal with the enemies of the state who he blamed for the security challenges facing the nation.
Governor Ishaku described the late Minister as one of the closest persons to him: “Once she is committed to something, she remains consistent. She was a great mobilizer. She served well as minister and did not speak lies.”
The Governor expressed the appreciation of his administration to the President for the confidence he has in him. “We appreciate Mr. President. He cares about us,” said the Governor and expressed his happiness that he did not disappoint the President by bringing back peace to the Mambilla plateau. “Mambilla is peaceful today,” he said, hoping that the solidarity and friendship between the state and the centre will continue.
Other members of the delegation were Barrister Mohammed Hassan Abdullahi, Minister of State, Science and Technology and the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.