By James Anaana
Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar says that his world view was largely influenced by the early contacts and mentorship that he received from Malam Adamu Ciroma, who passed on in Abuja on Thursday.
“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.
In a statement by his media office in Abuja, the former Vice President said that the death of Ciroma has robbed Nigeria of one of its finest statesmen who gave their best to their country.
Reacting to the demise of Ciroma in a statement in Abuja, Atiku described the deceased as an astute politician, bureaucrat, technocrat and banker who served Nigeria selflessly.
According to him, Ciroma’s honesty and patriotism were among his greatest virtues, adding 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.
He said Ciroma’s honesty had earned him respect by successive governments in Nigeria and that this reputation would follow him beyond the grave.
The Waziri Adamawa also recalled that the late Ciroma was a patriotic politician who believed in unity and a just democratic order.
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 like Ciroma in order to achieve progress.
Atiku while recalling his last visit to Ciroma at his sick bed in Abuja on Tuesday said “little did (he) know that that was going to be the last time (he) will 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 to Allah to forgive him and reward his good deeds with paradise.