NAN – The National Centre for Women Development, Abuja, has announced the death of its Acting Director-General, Alhaji Abdulmalik Dauda.
Mohammed Aliyu, protocol officer to the director-general, confirmed the news to the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.
Aliyu said Dauda died on Friday, April 15, 2016 in an auto crash along Abuja-Kaduna expressway while returning from an official assignment.
The deceased took over from Ms. Onyeka Onwenu on February 16, 2016, following the removal of 26 heads of government agencies and parastatals.
Born on Aug. 27, 1959, in Niger state, Dauda was survived by two wives and five children.
Aliyu added that the remains of Dauda had been buried according to Islamic rites in his home town in Niger.
Onyeka Onwenu has revealed the ethnic and religious hatred she suffered while serving as the Director General of the National Centre For Women Development.
In an email delivered to several news media including The Trent, Onwenu revealed how she managed to turn-around the centre in difficult circumstances. She recounted how some Northerners who felt that the centre was their “birthright” resorted to threatening her and even going as far as issuing a Fatwa against her during her tenure claiming she was “working against the interest of the North”.
This is a very disturbing tale in a fragile Nigeria. Onwenu said she was marked simply because she was Igbo and also insisted that staff deliver value to the government.
In the email, which is dated Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Onwenu also accused the Ministry of Women Affairs of abuse of powers and meddling in the affairs of the Women’s Centre.
Onwenu was relieved of her position by President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, February 15, 2016 along with 26 other heads of federal government agencies.