Irreplaceable loss – Pauline Tallen reacts to Afegbua’s death
Mrs Pauline Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs, has described the death of the first female democratically elected Sen. Franca Hadiza-Afegbua as an irreparable and irreplaceable loss to the Nigerian women’s political space.
Tallen, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, said the late Afegbua was a great woman of worth; the Lioness and trailblazer of Nigerian women’s ascension to the Red Chambers.
She also described her as a courageous, outspoken activist, who stood her ground in the then Red Chamber to demand equal access to amenities in the structures of the National Assembly; which did not cater for the needs of women.
“Her death at this time is an irreparable and irreplaceable loss to the Nigerian women political space.
“Still grappling with this great blow to the memoirs of Nigerian women participation in politics, at a time when we are canvassing for more representation of women and seeking mentors of the next generation of female politicians, I am deeply saddened.
“As the world mourns this iconic Amazon model and great Ambassador of Nigerian women participation in governance, we will be comforted by the legacies she left behind in her foray into politics; which became a model for other women around the world,” she said.