Adamu Ciroma, a foremost Nigerian politician and former finance minister, is dead. He was 83.
A family member who was with Mr Ciroma in his last days at the hospital confirmed his death on Thursday afternoon.
Ciroma, who was also a one time Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, passed on at the Turkish Nizamiye Hospital, Abuja, where he had been hospitalised since last week.
The late politician was a prominent player in the Second Republic politics and later played a prominent role in the fourth republic as one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party.
He is expected to be buried after Islamic rites at the National Mosque, Abuja.
He was also minister of agriculture and on time Managing Director of New Nigerian newspapers in Kaduna.
His death came two days after former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, visited him at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.
Mr Abubakar, a 2019 presidential aspirant, met Mr Ciroma, both longtime allies, in a coma, according to the former vice president’s spokesperson, Paul Ibe.
In 1979, Ciroma was one of the presidential aspirants of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) who contested in the party’s presidential primary, in which he was supposedly sponsored by the faceless Kaduna Mafia, a rumoured group of northern intellectuals, serving officers and bureaucrats stationed around Kaduna.
He came third in the primary, behind Shehu Shagari and late Alhaji Maitama Sule.
His candidacy was partly financed by Hamza Rafindadi Zayyad, the then head of the New Nigeria Development Company.
Ciroma 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, he 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 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.