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 The political class in Taraba State has been thrown into mourning following the deaths of three prominent politicians  former Nigerian Ambassador to Cameroon and traditional ruler of Mbamga Chiefdom -Amb. Emmanuel Njiwah, a former gubernatorial candidate and former coordinator of Yangtu Special Development Area (YSDA) - Hon. Rimamnde Bitrus Nuhu and a retired civil servant, unionist and politician - Mallam Hassan Jibrin Jen.

 Ambassador Njiwah a former Secretary to the State Government and 1993 presidential aspirant died at the weekend at his palace. He was said to be over 85.


A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria-Nigeria.


Ambassador Njiwah until his death was active in numerous political, social and traditional  affairs. 


He was the  Mbondua of Mbamnga Chiefdom, a position he held until his death, former  Nigerian Ambassador  to the Republic of Cameron.


Late Hon. Rimamnde Bitrus Nuhu died in Jos at the weekend also at the age of 57 years after a brief illness.

Hon. Rimamnde Bitrus Nuhu was governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy AD in 2003 and staunch member of the All Progressive Congress APC.


Mallam  JIBRIN HASSAN Jen died on the 15th Jan,2020 after a Short illness in Jalingo and he has since been buried according to Islamic.


Mallam JIBRIN HASSAN Jen was the Taraba North Senatorial candidate of the Democratic Peoples Party DPP in 2011 after contesting for the state House of Assembly election to represent Karim 1 in 2007 under the All Nigerian Peoples Party ANPP.


Mallam JIBRIN HASSAN Jen,  born in Jen Ardido ward of Karim lamido LGA of TARABA State in 1948joined  in politics after his retirement from civil as a divisional inspector of Education with the TARABA State ministry of education and retired in the year 2002.

He was an alumni of teachers College Waka Biu of then Northeastern state now Borno state,he started as a peoples teacher in 1967 after his grade lll and later become a grade ll teacher upon his completion of teachers College in 1976.

He obtained a diploma in educational administration from Ahmad Bello University Zaria before becoming a school headmaster and school supervisor.

Mallam JIBRIN HASSAN Jen started as volunteer early in his life civil Servant, unionist, humanitarian and later politician.




In a condolence message to the Mbamnga Chiefdom, Taraba State Governor, Arc Darius Dickson Ishaku expressed heartfelt sympathy with the people of Mbamnga Chiefdom on the death of their paramount ruler, Ambassador Emmanuel Njiwah.


Gov Ishaku said he received news of the sudden passing of Ambassador Njiwah with deep shock and described the traditional ruler's death as a huge loss to Taraba State and Nigeria as a whole.


He said as a diplomat, Njiwah served his country with the utmost sense of duty and patriotism. He said the bridge of unity and cooperation built by Njiwah between Nigeria and the Republic of Cameroon where he served as Nigeria's ambassador, has endured till today. He said Njiwah was an outstanding diplomat, dependable community leader and patriot.


In his condolence message, the Taraba State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Hon. A. A. Kefas described  "Ambassador Njiwah was a seasoned diplomat and administrator, having served the Old Gongola and Taraba States in many capacities. His contributions to the growth and success of our great party in Taraba [in particular] and the Northeast zone is unquantifiable." 


"When he became a traditional ruler, Amb. Njiwah continued his exemplary character and indeed became a model for the younger generations. Some people come into our lives and quickly go, some stay for a while and leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same. Amb. Nijwah is one person we can't forget easily," Kefas continued.


Chief Josiah Sabo Kente, Taraba's representative at the Northeast Development Commission describes the death of Hon. Rimamnde Bitrus Nuhu as shocking.


In his condolence message to the family, friends, and associates, Kente said: "I am deeply shocked and saddened by the news of the death of my brother Rimamnde Bitrus Nuhu, who until his passing to glory, has been an accomplished public servant and grass-root politician."


According to Kente, "His life was well lived, he was a patriot and progressive. Who is everything he had done and achieved, was consistent in the struggle to bring good dividends of leadership to his immediate society and state at large. Today, I am mourning the demise of a man who after his successful sojourn in his private affairs, offered himself to provide vision and meaningful direction in proffering solutions to societal problems."


"The death of this great individual is a loss not only to his family but a loss to Southern Taraba and Taraba state at large. We will greatly miss his contributions as someone who had demonstrated true belief and interest in progress and development of the state. Indeed, let us all take solace in the fact that as mortals, death remains the only route to which we will exit this temporal world. No man can add an extra hour to the time the Almighty God has allocated to on earth," he added.


Hon. Danjuma Usman Shiddi (Danji SS), member representing Wukari/Ibi federal constituency was among dignitaries that mourned the death of Hon. Rimamnde Bitrus. Danji SS described Hon. Rimande Bitrus as "a man of honour and dignity, who practiced benevolence effortlessly, not minding who was involved."


"Yet, we are further consoled by the promise of God that we shall meet again to part no more. As difficult as this trying moment is for; his family, me as his good friend, his friends in general, his wife and children in particular, we should not mourn as people with no hope - we have the hope of meeting Hon. Rimande Bitrus again in glory," he said.


Also the National Association of Nigerian Students NANS North East stakeholders Forum condole  with the family of Malam Hassan Jibrin Jen particularly  Comrade Mohammed Auwal Jibrin (Rough Rider) over the death of his father.

The NANS Stakeholders spokesman Prince Mohammed Sani Hassan  GLMP described the late unionist cum politician as a humanitarian who believed greatly in   education and worked for the growth of Taraba state.


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