By Ignatius Okorocha
The Senate has urged the Federal Government to immortalise the late former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Malam Adamu Ciroma, by naming a national monument after him.
The Upper House resolution on Wednesday was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Mohammed Hassan (PDP Yobe South) in which he told his colleagues of the passage of Ciroma on Thursday, July 5 in Abuja.
Senator Hassan, who led the debate on the motion, said that the Fika-born politician served the country meritoriously in various capacities including pioneer Editor and Managing Director of New Nigerian Newspapers, Governor of CBN, Minister of Industry, Agriculture and Finance.
According to him, Ciroma would be remembered as a seasoned journalist, astute administrator, daring politician “and one of the leading Nigerian elder statesmen who took strong emulative positions on national issues.”
Seconding the motion, Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC Nasarawa West) recalled his political interactions with the deceased especially in the 4th Republic and described him a patriotic Nigerian.
On his part, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP Bayelsa East), described Ciroma as a disciplined politician who at a particular time “when I was working for President (Olusegun) Obasanjo came to the Villa with his walking stick with a threat that he was there to flog Obasanjo with the walking stick”.
In his remarks, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the plenary, described the deceased as a rare gem, who should be immortalised for his contributions to the economic and political development of the country.
Ciroma, who was born on November 23, 1934 in Potiskum, Yobe State, died on Thursday, July 5 at the age of 83 years.