Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has attributed his success in life to the early contacts and mentorship he received from Mallam Adamu Ciroma, who died in Abuja on Thursday at the age of 84.
The 2019 Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement by his media office in Abuja said even Ciroma’s worst enemy could not argue against his selflessness, adding that Nigeria was in desperate need of such dedicated men in order to achieve progress.
“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.
“Ciroma is an astute politician, bureaucrat, technocrat and banker who served the nation selflessly.
“His honesty and patriotism were among his greatest virtues, he left behind untainted public service record for which he would always be remembered.
“Distinguished public figures like Ciroma joined politics primarily motivated by the passion to serve rather than self-aggrandizement as has become the lot today with many elective public office holders,” he said.
Atiku while recalling his last visit to Ciroma at his sick bed in Abuja added “little did (he) know that that was going to be the last time (he) would 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 Allah to forgive him and reward his good deeds with paradise.