All hands were indeed on deck in electing President Muhammadu Buhari into office. Mrs Hajiya Fati Koko, popularly called Mai Talla Tara, who played a vital role in Buhari’s Campaign, has just passed away at age 95, and the President is in mourning.
Hajiya Koko had waited nine hours in Kebbi early last year to donate the sum of N1 million (One million Naira) to Buhari as a presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress. Mr. President in a solemn speech described Mrs Koko as a woman with a good heart, who stood by her convictions, and gave sacrificially.
Hajiya Koko, when she offered virtually her life’s savings, said she admired his honesty, discipline, and stand for truth. After receiving the news of her passage, President Buhari commended Hajiya Koko’s conviction and sacrificial giving, urging Nigerians to learn vital lessons from her life.
In the words of Mister President,
“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.”
President Buhari offered his condolence to the family and relations of Mrs Koko, 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. He also sympathized with the governor and people of Kebbi State, whom he said would also miss the sterling qualities of Hajiya Koko, but added that the life of the departed will serve as a standard to emulate in the service of God, humanity and country.
“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.May Allah grant her soul repose in Al-jannah,” President Buhari prayed.
Meanwhile, Mrs Koko had stroke on returning from Abuja where she had gone to witness the swearing-in of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29. She was flown to the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai in October 2015, where she received a government-sponsored medical treatment for two weeks. Kebbi State government, under instruction from the president himself, had taken the responsibility of her medical expenses and flew her to the Iranian Hospital in Dubai on October 4. Unfortunately, the aged business women died on Saturday 13th February, after much struggle with death.