The 95-year-old woman from Kebbi state who donated her life savings to President Buhari’s election campaign is dead
– The leader of the nation expressed his condolences to the family and relatives of the late Hajiya Fati Koko, aka Mai Talla Tara
– The woman returned from a sponsored medical trip to Dubai about three months ago
President Buhari mourned Hajiya Koko, the grandmother who had waited nine hours in Kebbi to donate the sum of N1 million to him as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2015 presidential race.
Mai Talla Tara, as she was popularly called, had offered virtually her life’s savings to the APC’s hopeful, saying she admired his honesty, discipline, and stand for truth.
In a statement released in the late hours of Saturday, February 13, the president described her as “a woman with a good heart, who stood by her convictions, and gave sacrificially”.
President Buhari commended Hayiya Koko’s conviction and sacrificial giving, urging Nigerians to learn vital lessons from her life.
“She gave practically all she had towards our campaign. Though well advanced in age, she still believed a new Nigeria was possible, and followed her conviction with action. What generosity of spirit and what tenacious faith in her motherland. Nigerians, old and young, have a lot to learn from her,” the president said.
He also condoled with the family and relatives of the departed, urging them to take solace in the fact that their matriarch lived to a ripe old age, “and she saw the beginning of the change she had long yearned for”.
“The onus is now on all of us to ensure that the change gets entrenched and solidified for even generations yet unborn to benefit from,” the condolatory statement reads.
The president also sympathized with the governor and the people of Kebbi state, whom, he said, will all miss the sterling qualities of Hajiya Koko.
He, however, noted that the life of the departed will serve as a standard to emulate “in the service of God, humanity and country”.
“May Allah grant her soul repose in Al-jannah,” the president prayed.
Rest in peace.