…Says late elder statesman was a paragon of integrity
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has credited the early contacts and mentorship he received to Mallam Adamu Ciroma, the elder states man who passed on in Abuja on Thursday at the age of 84.
In a statement by his media office in Abuja, the 2019 Presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said that the death of Ciroma has robbed Nigeria of one of its finest statesmen who gave their best to their country.
“A lot of what I have turned out to be in life today was as a result of the early contacts and mentorship that I had with Adamu Ciroma, who graciously offered me vacation job in my formative years”, Atiku stated.
Reacting to the demise of the former Minister of Finance, Atiku described Ciroma as an astute politician, bureaucrat, technocrat and banker who served the nation selflessly.
According to him, Ciroma’s honesty and patriotism were among his greatest virtues, stressing that the deceased had left behind untainted public service record for which he would always be remembered.
Atiku recalled that distinguished public figures like Ciroma joined politics primarily motivated by the passion to serve rather than self-aggrandizement as has become the lot today with many elective public office holders.
He said Ciroma’s honesty had earned him respect by successive governments in Nigeria and that this reputation would follow him beyond the grave.
He said even Ciroma’s worst enemy could not argue against his patriotism and selflessness, adding that Nigeria was in desperate need of such dedicated men in order to achieve progress.
Atiku while recalling his last visit to Ciroma at his sick bed in Abuja said “little did (he) know that that was going to be the last time (he) would see the man that (he) had looked up to as a mentor for several decades”.
Atiku condoled with the Ciroma family and the people and government of Yobe State even as he prayed Allah to forgive him and reward his good deeds with paradise.Related