Ex-Finance Minister, Ciroma, Dies At 84, Tinubu, Saraki Mourn Him

Former Governor of Central Bank of

Nigeria (CBN), and former Finance Minister, Adamu Ciroma is dead.

Family sources said the elder statesman died in a Turkish

hospital, Abuja, on Thursday after a protracted illness.

He was 84 years old.

The deceased, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic

Party (PDP), was Finance Minister under President Olusegun

Obasanjo  administration from 1999 to 2003. Meanwhile have been pouring for the late Governor of the Central Bank

All Progressives Congress national stalwart, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said with the demise of former Finance Minister, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, the country has lost an illustrious leader, consummate politician and accomplished public servant.

Reacting to the death of the former Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader on Thursday in Abuja, Asiwaju Tinubu said: “Mallam Adamu Ciroma was one of the illustrious leaders this country has produced. He was a politician of note. You cannot but recall his days in the Second Republic National Party of Nigeria and in the Peoples Democratic Party where he was one of the party’s founding fathers.

“He also made name as an experienced technocrat and skilful public servant particularly as Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor and in later years as Minister of Finance.

“He was a fine man who played politics with a commitment to serve the people and change society. This did not come as a surprise given his background honed by sound education at the popular Barewa College and University and his nationalistic worldview.

“My condolences go the Ciroma family and the people of government of Yobe State. May his soul rest in peace”.

In his reaction President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, described the death of former Minister of Finance and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mallam Adamu Ciroma, as monumental loss to the country.

 

Saraki, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu in Abuja, said with the death of Ciroma, Nigeria has lost one of its illustrious sons and highly respected elder statesman, with vast experience in many spheres of life.

 

“Although death is painful, but it gladdens my heart that late Ciroma lived a worthy and successful life,” Saraki said. “As a public servant, late Ciroma’s integrity was unparalleled, as a politician, he was unblemished and as a journalist, he was among the finest breed.”

 

He added: “Indeed there is no word or adjective that will be enough to describe late Ciroma, considering his invaluable contributions to the development of the country.

 

“We have lost a detribalized Nigerian, bridge builder and a strong pillar for nation’s unity. He will surely be remembered for his forthrightness and integrity. We shall miss him greatly.”

 

The President of the Senate commiserated with the immediate family of the deceased and the Government and people of Yobe State over the loss.

 

While calling on the Federal Government to immortalize the late Ciroma by naming a strategic national monument after him, Saraki prayed to Allah to grant the soul of the elder statesman a place among the righteous ones in Aljannah Firdaus,