Maybe It’s Not In My Destiny To Be Governor – Aisha Alhassan

Maybe It's Not In My Destiny To Be Taraba Governor – Aisha Alhassan


Former Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has reacted to her loss in the last general elections.

Alhassan, who visited the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, was of the opinion that she might not be destined to be governor.

“It is God that gives power not anybody. You may be the best person for the job, if God doesn’t give you, you cannot have it,” she told the governor on Monday at the Government House in Taraba.

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She added, “Maybe it is not in my destiny to be the Governor of Taraba State, but somebody has to be there in any case at one time or the other.

“We will continue to support you and if there is anything you think we can do for you, I personally will be always available to do that. We are highly delighted to be here and we wish to wholeheartedly congratulate you.”

According to the former minister, who contested for the governorship seat in March on the platform of the United Democratic Party (UDP), power comes from God and he gives it to whoever he desires.

She gave assurance of her willingness to support the programmes and policies of the state government.

She explained that she and her supporters have no other state than Taraba, stressing that they have a responsibility to support the government in any way they can.

Alhassan also said the visit and her decision to support the governor was to ensure that the success of his administration and progress of the state for the good of the people.

She stated, “You’re the commander of the rescue mission, so we have all joined the rescue team … on behalf of myself and my party loyalists, UDP, and all their supporters in Taraba State, we wish to congratulate you heartily.

“In a contest of this nature, somebody has to win while others lose. I lost not victoriously, but gallantly.”

On his part, Governor Ishaku said he was overwhelmed by the former minister’s show of support, adding that it would serve as a morale booster to his administration.

He said she has truly shown that politics should be played without bitterness and victory as a politician should not be seen as the end of life.

Alhassan contested the Taraba governorship election in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but lost to Governor Ishaku.

She later defected from APC to UDP In 2018, to contest for the same position in 2019 and lost again to the governor.

Ishaku, Alhassan Make Taraba Governorship Candidates List

Ishaku, Alhassan Make Taraba Governorship Candidates List


The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has published the names of candidates vying for the governorship seat in Taraba State.

A visit to the INEC office in Jalingo, the state capital by Channels Television on Saturday revealed that the names of 28 candidates from various political parties were published by the electoral body.

Those on the list include the incumbent state governor, Darius Ishaku, of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and a former deputy and acting governor, Sani Danladi, who is running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Others on the list are former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan – United Democratic Party (UDP), and Babangida Umar of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

The list also features Adamu Danbako of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Danjuma Umaru – National Rescue Movement (NRM), among several others.

The electoral umpire also published the names of various candidates vying for the State House of Assembly under Jalingo II only.

Reasons were not given on why the names of other candidates were not published.

However, INEC spokesman in the state, Fabian Yame, told Channels Television in a telephone interview that they were working on publishing other lists of candidates.

Aisha Alhassan Becomes UDP Governorship Candidate In Taraba

Aisha Alhassan, Child's Right Act, Nasarawa


The Former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Aisha Alhassan has emerged as the governorship flag bearer for the United Development Party (UDP).

The Returning Officer and National Publicity Secretary of the party, Dr Olusegun Adeleye, on Tuesday declared her as the winner of the governorship primary which took place in Jalingo, the state capital after she got 246 votes.

Alhassan initially joined the governorship race under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but decamped after she was screened out without any reason given.

Subsequently, she resigned her ministerial position, after which she joined the UDP (September 29).

In 2015, she contested for the governorship position of Taraba State but lost to Darius Ishaku of the PDP.

Buhari Accepts Alhassan’s Resignation, Asks Abubakar To Oversee Ministry


President Buhari Accepts Aisha Alhassan’s Resignation President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the resignation of Mrs Aisha Alhassan as Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development.

In a letter to Mrs Alhassan on Sunday, the President wrote, “I have received your letter offering your resignation as a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I accept your resignation with immediate effect.

“On behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, I thank you for your past services to the nation.”

After accepting her resignation, the Presidency said, President Buhari directed the Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, to look after the Women Affairs Ministry with “immediate effect”.


The President has directed that the work of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development be looked after by Hajiya Aisha Abubakar, the Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment.

Minister Of Women Affairs Resigns, Leaves APC

Aisha Alhassan, Child's Right Act, Nasarawa

The Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has resigned.

She resigned on Saturday, two days after the All Progressives Congress (APC) disqualified her from contesting in the party’s governorship primaries.

“Today, the 29th of September 2018, I wish to transmit to the President my decision to resign as the Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and withdraw my membership of the All Progressive Congress (APC),” Alhassan tweeted.

In her letter of resignation addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhassan lamented her disqualification from contesting for the APC governorship ticket in Taraba State.


She described her disqualification as a grave injustice noting that she had been a loyal member of the party since 2014.

“While preparing for the primaries in Jalingo, I received with shock and dismay that I was disqualified and not cleared to contest for the 2019 governorship election by the National Working Committee of the party (APC),” Alhassan said in the letter.

“No reason was given for my disqualification Sir.

“I had always been a very committed and loyal party member and was at no time queried or admonished for any wrongdoing or unconstitutional behaviour,” she added.

In a separate letter to Sarkin Dawaki Ward Chairman of APC, Alhassan also informed of her decision to quit the ruling party, APC, because she had been disqualified from running for governorship seat in Taraba state.


She has, therefore, announced her decision to join the United Democratic Party (UDP).

“I have officially JOINED my next POLITICAL PARTY with 7 state Assembly Members, all @APCNigeria executives from 169 wards of Taraba State.

“All 16 local Government exco’s of APC. All states executives of APC, we are now in UDP,” she tweeted.

Alhassan, popularly known as Mama Taraba, was appointed in 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari. She is the second minister to quit this month.

Kemi Adeosun stepped down as finance minister over the alleged forgery of a document exempting her from compulsory national youth service.

Buhari Should Be Careful Of Those Telling Him To Seek Re-Election – Timi Frank

President Muhammadu Buhari has been advised to be careful in dealing with all those urging him to seek re-election in 2019.

All Progressives Congress member Mr Timi Frank gave the advice during a phone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

“If I am the President, I should be careful of people like Malam (Nasir) El-Rufai that are saying that the President must run or that the President should run,” he said.

This, according to him, is because the President had every right to run for presidency in 2019 if he so wishes, hence there was no need to urge him to do so.

He added, “The President is not one person people can force to do what he is not ready to do. But if the President chooses to run today, of course, as a President of Nigeria and as the President of our party, he has what they call ‘first refusal’.

“But again, has he told anybody he wants to run? The answer is ‘no’. Until the President says he wants to run, nobody can force him to do the job he is not ready to do.”

His comments are in reaction to Governor El-Rufai’s visit to the President on Friday after which he told journalists that he and other “Buharists” were keen on ensuring that the President runs for a second term in 2019.

Mr Frank also shared his thoughts on the controversy surrounding the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan’s endorsement of former vice president Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 presidential race.

Unlike those who have criticised the minister for her views and accused her of betraying President Buhari, Mr Frank hailed her.

“I have to commend Senator Aisha Alhassan on her position. And if you ask me as a person, I will say even the President should welcome her opinion because I think it has shown clearly that she is not a sycophant, she is not a betrayer because she could as well pretend to be a Buhari loyalist when she is not,” he said.

“You know this is one thing we lack politically in Nigeria – sincerity in politics. And as far as I am concerned, what Alhassan has done is not that she was disrespecting the President. She wasn’t disrespecting the President. She was only trying to be sincere to her conscience and her position.”

Aisha Alhassan Has Never Believed In The Buhari Ideology – El-Rufai

File photo: Governor El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State is not surprised by the news that the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Jummai Alhassan, has endorsed former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for the 2019 Presidential election.

The governor told journalists after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari in the nation’s capital Abuja on Friday that the minister has never shared the President’s ideology.

The Women Affairs Minister found herself in the eye of a storm this week after a video of a visit she paid to Mr Abubakar went viral online.

She later told BBC Hausa that even if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to seek reelection in 2019, she would still support Atiku, according to Premium Times, a move which fueled the controversy surrounding her views.

“Her comments are not surprising. She has never been a supporter, she has never believed in the Buhari ideology. So, I am not surprised. As a Nigerian, as an individual, she has every right to express her views and support whoever she wants. But what I am saying is that Nigerians should not be surprised or shocked,” Governor El-Rufai said.

“This has always been her position because, from time, she has never supported Buharism or what Buhari stands for.”

Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan

The governor does not, however, expect only those who believe in the Buhari ideology or what he calls Buharism to be ministers.

He said, “Being part of the Buhari government is a different thing because the government sets the policies and if you are a minister you execute the policies. You can execute those policies while pursuing a different brand of politics. It is okay, there is no problem with that.”

There have been calls for the minister to be fired, while some have said she ought to have resigned based on her views.

El-Rufai expects a decision about that to be taken by the President.

“If Jumai Alhassan is performing as the Minister of Women Affairs and adding value to the government and people of Nigeria, it’s the President’s prerogative to retain her in spite of her political views. But if she is not adding values in spite of her political views, she can be dispensed with. That is the President’s decision,” he said.

2019: Aisha Alhassan Has The Right To Express Her Opinion – Shehu Sani

The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has defended the rights of the Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs Aisha Alhassan, to express herself amid controversy over her views about the 2019 presidential elections.

A video making the rounds on social media shows the minister pledging her support for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar should he run for the Presidency.

She later told BBC Hausa that even if President Muhammadu Buhari decides to seek reelection in 2019, she would still support Atiku, according to Premium Times.

Senator Shehu Sani told Channels Television during an appearance on Politics Today that just as the minister has a right to express herself, the President has a right to fire her.

“First of all, we must recognise and accept the fact that as a citizen she has the right to express her own political opinion and also express her own choice. What she said was very clear, that her loyalty for 2019 goes to the former Vice President, Atiku (Abubakar),” the Senator said.

“She has a right to express herself with that. But he also as a President whom she is working for has also the right to terminate her appointment.”

Senator Sani also said it is a good thing that the minister spoke her mind even though most party members would prefer to speak in silence.

“The good thing about what she said is that she poured out what is in her heart, but it is very clear to many of the members of our party that they would rather choose to speak in private. But it is also indicative of the fact that the 2019 campaign and intrigue is already on,” he said.

Although he noted that the campaign for the 2019 election has started, the Senator doesn’t know if President Buhari will seek reelection.

“No one can clearly say,” he said, adding that there are, however, assumptions and conjectures.

Furthermore, he explained that while President Buhari is yet to declare his intentions ahead of 2019, he (the president) might be trying to simply focus on delivering on his campaign promises.

“It is clear that if he takes a position, if he says he is not going to contest certainly that may be the end of governance in Nigeria because it is only going to be about 2019 and if he says he is going to contest, certainly the political ambition of so many people will certainly come to an end – But I think he is being strategic for now, he wants to deliver on pledges and promises made in 2015 and because whatever comes out from his mouth has a grievous implication to governance in Nigeria as it is now.”

Women Affairs Minister Urges Boko Haram To Accept Dialogue

The Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan has urged members of Boko Haram to surrender to the government and accept dialogue and negotiation to end the insurgency in the country.

Senator Alhassan, who was speaking at an event to receive sanitary and health donations on behalf of recently released Chibok schoolgirls, said the government was negotiating with Boko Haram for the release of more of the girls and other Nigerians in captivity.

According to the minister, the sect members need to go beyond just negotiating for the girls to talking with the government to put an end to the insurgency.

She said, “We hope that from the negotiations that are still going on, the rest (of the girls) will be released to us very soon.

“I am using this opportunity to call on the insurgents to, please, not only negotiate in respect of the Chibok girls, but to sit and dialogue with the Federal Government; tell the government what their problem is and what their demands are so that, just like we are dialoguing with them to get the Chibok girls back, they will put down their arms and come back home and we will work together to build a greater Nigeria for all of us.

She gave the assurance the government would not rest until all abducted persons are freed.

On his part, the Canadian High Commissioner to Nigeria, who made the donation through the United Nations Populations Fund on behalf of the Canadian Government said the girls deserve all the support they need for their reintegration into the society after a horrific experience.

He expressed the hope that other organisations would do their bit to support not just the girls, but everyone that has been affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.

Over 100 of the 276 schoolgirls abducted from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok are still in Boko Haram captivity.

Freed Chibok Girls Will Be Enrolled In New Schools – Alhassan

The Minister of Women Affairs, Senator Aisha Alhassan, has said the Chibok girls who have regained their freedom will not go back to the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State from where they were abducted.

Rather, she said they will be enrolled in new schools in the country at the start of a new academic session in September.

The minister said this today when she received the 82 Chibok girls who recently regained their freedom after over three years in Boko Haram captivity.

She received the girls under the ministry’s Shelter Programme, a part of the rehabilitation process for the girls, in Abuja.

Since the girls regained their freedom, they have remained in the custody of the Federal Government, a development which led to criticism by activists who complained that their parents had limited access to them.

The minister, however, said the girls would remain in the custody of the government for up to for months for the conclusion of their rehabilitation.

Over 200 girls were abducted by Boko Haram terrorists from the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State, in 2014, triggering global outrage and calls for the rescue of the schoolgirls.

The campaign, which was chiefly championed by the Bring Back Our Girls Group, led to negotiations with the insurgents that resulted in the release of 21 of them in October 2016, and 28 in May this year.

Over 100 of the girls have yet to be rescued.

Ortom Seeks Northern Governors’ Support Against Child Marriage

child marriage in Nigeria Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has asked political leaders, especially Northern governors, to join the campaign against child marriage by creating educate opportunities for the girl child instead of rushing them into early marriage.

Mr Ortom made the call in Makurdi, the Benue state capital at a meeting organised by the Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, to mobilise support for sound educational and economic base for women in the state.

The Minister, who sought Governor Ortom’s support against child marriage said that the Federal Government had prepared a 1.6 billion Naira empowerment fund for women in 2017.

She also told the women at the gathering that 40 women had been trained in key areas of trade.

She encouraged them to be prudent with the fund, to enable the government increase the allocation subsequently.

Child marriage has assumed alarming rate in Nigeria, particularly in Northern Nigeria where the practice created national outcry in Katsina State recently.

The campaign against child marriage and women empowerment enjoys massive support in Benue, but it remains to be seen if the support will spread across the entire Northern Nigeria, where child marriage practice is high.

Deadline For Child Marriage

In November, the Canadian government appealed to the Nigerian government to come out with concrete plans to end what it described as huge burden of child bride on Nigeria.

Canadian High Commissioner, Mr Christopher Thornley, made the appeal at a meeting held to discuss more efforts needed to end child marriage.

According to him, two in every five girls in Africa are given in marriage before they attain age 19 and Nigeria has the highest record of such marriages.

“In Africa, two out of five girls are married before the age of 19. In Nigeria, I’m sorry to say this, but I’m also very heartened that we see people here, like yourselves, who are addressing the issue.

“In Nigeria there are more child brides than in any other country. Part of that is that Nigeria is such a huge country. Absolutely the numbers will be high, but there are massive numbers of young girls being married in this country as children,” he told a gathering of government officials, representatives of different organisations and right activists.

After that appeal, the Nigerian government launched a campaign to protect the girl child, setting a deadline to end child marriage.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo explained that all departments and agencies would be made to ensure compliance as the country has set a 2030 target to totally end child marriage.

The campaign, which is launched alongside 15 other African Union member countries, is to highlight the physical, mental and social effects of marrying a girl before the age of 18.

Women Affairs Minister Calls For Enforcement Of Child’s Right Act In Nasarawa

Aisha Alhassan, Child's Right Act, Nasarawa Minister Of Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has called for the enforcement of the child’s right act and domestication of Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Act) in Nasarawa state.

She made the call when she visited Governor Tanko Al Makura, at the council chambers of the government house in Lafia, the state capital.

Alhassan who was on an advocacy visit, called on the governor to enforce the child’s right act which has been domesticated in the state since 2005, noting that the law is already being implemented in 20 states of federation.

“I call on you to please through your different agencies, be serious on the implementation of the child’s right act. People do things and get away with it. We have to protect our children” she said.

She also appealed to the governor to act fast in domesticating the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (Act), which was passed by the National Assembly last year as well as urging them to initiate a women development centre in the state.

She however praised the women empowerment initiative by the federal government, which had Nasarawa among the eight pilot states to benefit from it.

Aisha Alhassan, Child's Right Act, Nasarawa“I am here again to bring the good news of one programme that Nigerian women have never had, it is the provision of micro loans to women” she noted.

The governor then assured Alhassan meaning of complaint of swift response to the complaints.

In his words, “your coming has given us more boost, I assure you that one of the souvenirs we will give you in Nasarawa state will come only a few months after when we get this bill enacted by the state House of Assembly”.

Furthermore, he promised to compliment the efforts of the federal government in improving the welfare of women and children in his domain.

“Starting from January next year, it will be in our budget to consider empowerment programme for women and children” he said.

Mr Al makura stressed that the focus of his administration would be on improving the welfare of women and children especially those at the nooks and crannies.