Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday mourned the demise of Ahmed Joda who he noted lived, worked and laboured as a true Nigerian despite apparently being a Fulani.
Naija News had reported that Joda’s death was confirmed by some friends and family members on Friday after he passed on in the afternoon.
Reacting in a statement by Kehinde Akinyemi, special assistant on media, Obasanjo recalled how Joda and other permanent secretaries saved the country from breaking up during the 1966 coup.
While stressing that there are not many Nigerians like Joda, he described the deceased as a true and great Nigerian committed to the unity and development of the country.
“Ahmed Joda by his feature did not need to tell you was a Fulani man, but, in everything I know he did, he lived not just as a Fulani man, he lived, he worked and he laboured as a true Nigerian.
”There are not many like him, and that was what strengthened our relationship since 1959. I know that if not for people like Joda and other Senior Permanent Secretaries after the first upheaval we would have had Nigeria broken into pieces.
“Because Araba was bent on having Nigeria divided. But, it was Ahmed Joda and other Super Permanent Secretaries (senior civil servants) like Philip Asiodu, Liman Ciroma, Alison Ayida who prevailed not to have Nigeria broken up,” the statement read.