Hajiya Koko, who waited nine hours in Kebbi early last year, to donate the sum of N1 million (One million Naira) to President Buhari asÂ then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has passed away.
The 95 year-old womanÂ has been battling with illness in the past weeks.
In a state house press release, President Buhari described her as a woman who had a â€œgood heartâ€.
The statement reads in part: â€œPresident Muhammadu Buhari has extolled the virtues of Hajiya Fati Koko, popularly called Maitalla Tara, who has passed away, aged 95.
â€œMourning Hajiya Koko, who had waited nine hours in Kebbi early last year, to donate the sum of N1 million (One million Naira) to him as the then presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Buhari described her as â€œa woman with a good heart, who stood by her convictions, and gave sacrificially.â€
â€œHajiya Koko had offered virtually her
lifeâ€™s savings to candidate Buhari then, saying
she admired his honesty, discipline, and stand for truth.
Receiving the news of her passage, President Buhari commended Hayiya Kokoâ€™s conviction and sacrificial giving, urging Nigerians to learn vital lessons from her life.
â€œShe 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,â€ the President said.
President Buhari condoled with the family and relations of the departed, urging them to take solace in the fact that their matriarch lived to a ripe old age, â€œand 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.â€
The President also sympathized with the governor and people of Kebbi State, whom he said will all miss the sterling qualities of Hajiya Koko, but added that the life of the departed will serve as a standard to emulate â€œin the service of God, humanity and country.â€
â€œMay Allah grant her soul repose in Al-jannah,â€ the President prayed.