Octogenarian who gave Buhari N1m for campaign dies

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The 95-year-old woman, who kicked in N1 million, her life savings, to the campaign fund for the APC presidential candidate in 2015, is dead.

President Muhammadu Buhari, on receiving the news, described Hajiya Fati Koko as “a woman with a good heart, who stood by her convictions, and gave sacrificially.”

“Though well advanced in age, she still believed a new Nigeria was possible, and followed her conviction with action” said Buhari. “What generosity of spirit and what tenacious faith in her motherland. Nigerians, old and young, have a lot to learn from her.”

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Koko stood for hours in Kebbi during the presidential campaign, waiting to give the money to help the APC push Buhari whom she admired for his honesty and discipline.

Praying to God to grant her soul rest, the president condoled with her family. He comforted them with the fact that their matriarch lived to a ripe old age, and 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,” Buhari said.

He equally urged Kebbi’s governor and citizens to not only miss the woman, but also let her “serve as a standard to emulate in the service of God, humanity and country.”

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