Former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mallam Adamu Ciroma, has reportedly passed away.
Mallam Ciroma died on Thursday, July 5 at a Turkish hospital, aged eighty-three (83).
Ciroma, who was third in the 1978 presidential primaries of the defunct National Party of Nigeria, NPN, subsequently turned out to become a close confidant of President Shehu Shagari and served as a minister in the Second Republic.
He was briefly the secretary of the NPN and he later served at various times as Minister for Industries, Agriculture and Finance.
As a senior cabinet minister in the Shagari administration, Ciroma played pivotal roles in the implementation of the president’s agenda especially in the areas of food production and working with international agencies to develop an Agricultural Development Project (ADP).
In September 1983, he was made the chairman of a presidential transition committee, which further demonstrated the trust the then president had in his capabilities. The committee was mandated to make proposals on how to restructure the federal government which was going through a crisis of confidence.
Born November 20, 1934, late Ciroma also served as Minister of Finance in the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2003.
He was also Obasanjo’s close confidant in the Fourth Republic and a rallying figure in the northern opposition to the 2011 presidential bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Late Ciroma largely kept out of the public eye despite the active participation of his wife, Hayiya Maryam Ciroma in the affairs of the PDP.