The pan-Northern organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, and a former governor Kaduna State, Ahmed Makarfi, said they learnt with grief the death of a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and Minister of Finance, Mallam Adamu Ciroma.
This was just as a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, described the late Ciroma as an illustrious leader and a politician of note.
Ciroma, an elder statesman, died at the age of 84 and was buried in accordance with Islamic rites.
The ACF described him as a quintessential civil servant and politician who served Nigeria in various capacities in the First and Second Republics as well as the military regimes and the Fourth Republic.
The northern body, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim-Biu, said, “The late elder statesman would be remembered for his political doggedness, commitment to national unity and selfless service to his fatherland.
“Nigeria has lost one of its finest elder statesmen, a bridge builder and a leader who lived a simple and humble life. He needs no tombstone to remind us of his legacies. Yet the best remembrance is for those he has left behind to live up to what he stood for.
“ACF extends its condolences to the Ciroma family, the government and the good people of Yobe and Borno states and all Nigerians over the demise of the Madakin Fika, Mallam Adamu Ciroma.
“May Allah (SWT) grant his gentle soul perfect rest in Aljannah Firdaus and grant for all of us the fortitude to bear this great loss.”
On his part, Makarfi, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, described Ciroma as a patriot, noting that he was one of the founding fathers of the PDP.
Makarfi said, “No doubt, Mallam Adamu, an epitome of simplicity and excellence, has bequeathed a legacy of humility, honesty and courage in the face of daunting odds, as well as dedication and commitment to what he believed in, top of which was his abiding faith in this country and a desire to ensure the prevalence of justice and equity.”
Also, the PDP described Ciroma’s death as a huge national loss.
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, described the deceased as a foremost democrat, nationalist and a statesman, adding that with his death, Nigeria had lost one of its “finest and incontrovertible patriots.”
According to the PDP, Ciroma spent his life making inestimable sacrifices for the unity and development of the country.
“He is an astute administrator and a highly disciplined politician, who discharged all responsibilities vested in him with unequalled forthrightness and loyalty to the nation,” the PDP said.
Tinubu, in a statement by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, said, “He (Ciroma) was a fine man who played politics with a commitment to serve the people and change the society.”