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Opinion: Despite Calling It Quit At 61, Nigerians Will Not Forget These 3 Things About “Mama Taraba”

The death of Aisha Alhassan, the former Nigerian Minister of Women Affairs which hit the nation like tornado has continued to elicit reactions from movers and shakers of the society. Those who have ever come in contact with her have taken toll to eulogize her legendary life.

Fondly regarded as Mama Taraba, Mrs Alhassan died on Friday at an undisclosed hospital in Cairo, Egypt where she was allegedly receiving treatment.


Until her death, she was a woman who bestrode her world like a collossus, created an unparalleled impact and bowed out in a blaze of glory.

Despite calling it quit at the age of 61, there are certain things about her that can never be forgotten in a hurry especially in the political space of Nigerian. Some of these legacies include:

  1. She was the first woman to be declared governor-elect by the tribunal in Nigeria notwithstanding the fact that the declaration was later overruled by the supreme court.

Mrs Alhassan had contested the governorship election in 2015 and lost in the rerun election to Governor Darius Ishaku. She headed for the tribunal with the aim of reclaiming her mandate. Of course, she got it but was reserved by the apex court.


Until the final declaration by the supreme court, many Nigerians have begun to see her as the first woman that would be a State governor in Nigeria. But that dream never come true. She was defeated at the supreme.

  1. She was an active politician who contested a senatorial election and won. She was the senator before her foray into gubernatorial runs. She represented the people of Taraba North Senatorial district at the red chamber. After losing the governorship bid, she was appointed a minister of women Affairs by president Muhammadu.

  2. Lastly, late Aisha Alhassan would not be forgotten as a serving Minister who was bold enough to declare her support for an opposition candidate running against her principal.

She was alleged to have openly declared her support for Alhaji Atiku Abubabakar, the candidate of PDP in the 2019 general election.

According to her, her support for Atiku was based on a personal relationship and not on politics of that moment. She claimed she had known Atiku for a long time and he was her benefactor. It was this controversy that led to her resignation from the cabinet of president Buhari in 2019.

A lawyer by training and politician by calling, late Alhassan was a courageous woman who played politics with principle and used the instrumentality of politics to affect the lives of her people in Taraba State. This explains the nickname given to her: “Mama Taraba.”

Although, she is dead but her memory will linger for a long time in Nigerian political firmament.

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