The Nigerian populace was thrown into mourning with the death of a former Central Bank of Nigeria as well as former minister of finance, Adamu Ciroma. The elder statesman who died at the age of 84 has laid a legacy in Nigeria that will make sure he is surely miss and we take a look at some facts about him.
Born in 1934 in Potiskum, Yobe State, Ciroma attended primary schools in Fika and Potiskum. Later he attended the Bornu Middle School and Barewa College, Zaria before he proceeded to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology also in Zaria.
He graduated from the University of Ibadan in 1961 and joined the civil service as an administrative officer. He became a Senior Assistant Secretary, Federal Ministry of Mines and Power in 1966, and later, Editor, New Nigerian Newspapers where he eventually became the Managing Director and later CBN Governor.
He delved into politics and was a presidential aspirant of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) platform in 1979. He announced himself on the nation’s political landscape when he emerged runners-up to Alhaji Shehu Shagari at the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN) presidential primaries for the 1979 presidential contest.
He came third behind Shehu Shagari and Maitama Sule. And as he gained prominence in the party, he was named at various times as minister for Industries, Agriculture and Finance.
He was a seasoned journalist, an astute administrator and an outstanding politician, who also held ministerial portfolios at the federal level.
In September 1983, Ciroma became the chairman of a presidential transition committee, with a term of reference of making proposals on how to re-structure the federal government.
Ciroma was one of the leaders who fought the military regime of late General Sani Abacha, was a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which was at the helm of affairs in Nigeria between 1999 and 2015.