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former finance minister passes on at 83, morn by political associate



former finance minister passes on at 83, morn by political associate

Adamu Ciroma, a foremost Nigerian politician a career journalist, historian and bureaucrat in the later part of his career,  died on Thursday, at the Turkish Nizamiye Hospital in Abuja around noon, according to his family members he was 83.
President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Bukola Saraki, Bayelsa State Governor Seriake Dickson, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara were amongst those whose statements have come in as at the time of filing this report.
Mr Obasanjo in a letter dispatched to Maryam Ciroma, wife of the late politician, said the development could not be aptly captured with words.
“While words are hardly enough to express our sympathy at this time, you can definitely take justifiable pride in the fact that your late husband was a statesman who gave of his best to his fatherland. He will be sorely missed by all of us.
“I, therefore, extend on behalf of my family and on my own behalf our sincere condolences on the transition of your beloved husband and pray that the Almighty Allah grant you and the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss,” Mr Obasanjo said.
Mr Ciroma served as the Minister of Finance through Mr Obasanjo’s first term as a democratically-elected president from 1999 to 2003. Mr Ciroma was amongst the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in 1998, under which Mr Obasanjo would later be elected president in February 1999.
President Buhari commiserated with the deceased’s family and hailed his memory as one that would be remembered for decades to come.
Mr Shehu said the president would honour Mr Ciroma for his contribution towards the advancement of Nigeria’s democracy.
“President Buhari also affirms 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,” the statement said. “The President prays that Almighty Allah will grant Malam Ciroma eternal rest and comfort the elder statesman’s family, relatives, friends and associates.”

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