The death of Malam Adamu Ciroma, an elder statesman and former Finance Minister have been attracting reactions from prominent Nigerians.
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida is the latest person to mourn the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, died at age 84 in an Abuja hospital on Thursday after a protracted illness.
General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, in a statement signed by his media office, described the death of Malam Adamu Ciroma (Madakin Fika) at the age of 84 as a great loss of a man that was passionate about the unity and development of Nigeria.
“Although death is inevitable and one day we shall all return to our creator. Indeed, Malam Adamu Ciroma was a rare gem that has versatility and a pillar of national decelopment who had made positive contributions in various sectors of our national life.”
“I must express my sadness over the death of the elder statesman at this critical moment of our national renaissance and cohesion, when Malam Adamu would have played a prominent roles towards proferring solutions to the myriads of our national problems.
“On behalf of myself and my family, I extend our condolence to his entire family, the Fika emirate and to the Government and people of Yobe State on this great loss of pillar of unity.” the former Military President said.
The deceased, a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), was finance minister under President Olusegun Obasanjo administration from 1999 to 2003. He was also minister of agriculture and managing director of New Nigerian newspapers.
Ciroma’s funeral prayer held at Annur Mosque and Islamic Centre in Abuja.
In attendance were Senate President Bukola Saraki; Ibrahim Geidam, governor of Yobe state; and Abba Kyari, chief of staff to the president.