By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Dirisu Yakubu
Elder statesman and former Minister of Finance, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, died yesterday at 84.
Ciroma, who was also a one-time Minister of Agriculture died in an Abuja hospital after a protracted illness.
A family member who was with Ciroma in his last days at the hospital, confirmed his passage.
Ciroma passed on at the Turkish Nizamiye Hospital, Abuja, where he had been hospitalised since last week.
He was an active player in Second Republic and later played a prominent role in the Fourth Republic as one of the founding members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
At press time, arrangements were being made to bury him at the National Mosque, Abuja.
His death came two days after former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, visited him in the hospital.
Ciroma was CBN governor between September 1975 and June 1977. He was Finance Minister at the start of the Fourth Republic, between 1999 and 2003, during the first term of President Olusegun Obasanjo in office.
Buhari, Dogara, Atiku mourn
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, mourned the death of Ciroma.
The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, said in Abuja that he believed that Ciroma will be long remembered for his remarkable service and dedication to the country’s unity, progress and stability.
He also affirmed that the late former CBN governor will be honoured too 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 our great country.
Similarly, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, credited the early contacts and mentorship he received to Ciroma.
In a statement by his media office in Abuja, the 2019 Presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the death of Ciroma had robbed Nigeria of one of its finest statesmen who gave their best to their country.
On his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, expressed sadness over his demise, describing him as “epitome of integrity”
The speaker noted that the late elder statesman was an “icon of transparency and an epitome of integrity who lived an incorruptible life.”