Buhari, Bukola Saraki, Dogara, Atiku, others mourn Adamu Ciroma
Eminent Nigerians, including President Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, have mourned former Minister of Finance and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Adamu Ciroma, who died yesterday.
According to one of his political allies, Ciroma died yesterday afternoon at Turkish Nizamiye Hospital, Abuja, where he had been hospitalised since last week. He was 84 years.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina yesterday, President Buhari extended sincere condolences to the Ciroma family, the government and people of Yobe State on the passing on of the elder statesman.
He said Ciroma, who was a political leader and federal cabinet minister for industries, agriculture and finance, at various points in his remarkable life, would be long remembered for his remarkable service and dedication to the country’s unity, progress and stability.
Buhari also said the deceased would be honoured for his contributions in promoting democracy in Nigeria and his legacies should be a constant reminder to politicians who wish to work for the good of their communities and the country in general.
Saraki described Ciroma’s death of, as monumental loss to the country.
In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, in Abuja, he asked that a national monument be named after the deceased.
“Although death is painful, but it gladdens my heart that the late Ciroma lived a worthy and successful life.”
The Speaker, in a statement, said Ciroma was one of the nation’s shining stars and a frontline statesman who demonstrated passion for the unity, progress and development of Nigeria.
“He was an intellectual genius and highly cosmopolitan public servant who exhibited high sense of patriotism, passion and enthusiasm for the progress and development of the country while serving as first indigenous editor and managing director of New Nigerian, CBN governor and minister of various portfolios in different administrations in Nigeria.”
Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, said his world view was largely influenced by the early contacts and mentorship that he received from Ciroma.
“A lot of what I have turned out to be in life today were results of the early contacts and mentorship that I had with Ciroma, who graciously offered me vacation job in my formative years,” Atiku said.
In a statement by his media office in Abuja, the former vice president said that the death of Ciroma had robbed Nigeria of one of its finest statesmen who gave their best to their country.
Atiku described the deceased as an astute politician, bureaucrat, technocrat and banker who served Nigeria selflessly.
In a statement, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said: “Indeed, Nigeria has lost one of her finest; an incontrovertible patriots who spent his life making inestimable sacrifices for the unity and development of our dear country.
“Mallam Ciroma lived as a committed citizen; an astute administrator and highly disciplined politician, who discharged all responsibilities vested in him with unequaled forthrightness and loyalty to the nation.”
Second Republic minister and President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo (Jnr) described Ciroma as brilliant man who contributed immensely in the development of the country.
He said: “I know Ciroma very well. Our path crossed when we were undergraduates at University of Ibadan.
He graduated ahead of me, but we shared the same testimony. We became close when we were appointed members of President Shehu Shagari’s cabinet during the Second Republic.
“Ciroma taught me the rudiment of decision-making and how to carry out my duties as a young minister in Shagari’s government.
His love for Nigeria Was robust. We will surely miss him. He was very astute, hardworking and energetic.”
The Ciroma was also mourned by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State and former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniel.