President Muhammadu Buhari paid tribute to the late super Permanent Secretary, Ahmed Joda, on Friday in Yola, describing the deceased’s contributions to Nigeria as incomparable.
President Buhari stated that in all of the years he has known the revered public administrator, he has never asked him for any favors.
During a condolence visit to the families of three elder statesmen and famous sons of Adamawa State who passed away lately, the President spoke at the palace of Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Musdafa.
Ahmed Joda, a former Permanent Secretary and Chairman of the transition committee that ushered in President Buhari’s administration in 2015; Dr Mahmoud Tukur, former Minister of Commerce and Industry during his military administration; and Abdullahi Danburam Jada, former Minister of Animal Health and Northern Cameroons Affairs in the defunct Northern Region Government are among the families.
President Buhari, who was joined by Adamawa State Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, recalled his personal contacts with the deceased, noting that they had played highly supportive roles in his public service at various times.
‘‘Since I became Governor of the North East, under General Olusegun Obasanjo, and then Minister, Ahmed Joda was part of those who aided me, till his transition,” he remarked of the late Joda.
‘‘Every time I called on him as governor, minister, or president, he was quite supportive, and he never expected any favors from me, either in cash or in any other type of reward.”
‘‘He was a personal friend of my brother and they studied together in Europe,” the President added of the late Dr Mahmoud. He also made a significant contribution during my military administration and performed admirably in his duties.”
President Buhari stated that because of his good working connection with the people of Adamawa and how they have distinguished themselves, he appointed one of their sons to the position of Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, which is a very important position.
‘‘As Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, I assigned an Adamawa native, Mohammed Bello, a massive and difficult task. Despite his youth, he is functioning admirably with regard to the fear of God,” the President stated.
President Buhari expressed his condolences to the government, people, and Lamido of Adamawa on the passing of their distinguished sons, and prayed for the repose of their souls and heavenly solace for their families.
Governor Fintiri expressed gratitude for the President’s condolence visit, stating, “Given your proximity to the deceased, we should have been the ones traveling to Abuja to mourn with you.”
President Buhari was praised by the Governor for taking time out of his hectic schedule to visit Adamawa on the same day that his son, Yusuf, married Zahra Bayero, the daughter of Nasiru Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi in Kano.
Lamido Adamawa, the Emirate’s royal father, also expressed the Emirate’s gratitude to President Buhari and his entourage, wishing them safe travels and success in the President’s engagement in Kano for his son’s wedding.
The Deputy Governor of Adamawa State, Prof. Maxwell Gidado, SAN, the President’s Chief of Staff, the state executive members, and the chiefs of security agencies in the state were all present at the Lamido Adamawa Palace.