An elder stateman, Ahmed Joda, who chaired President Muhammadu Buhari’s transition committee in 2015 has given up the ghost.
Joda, a journalist turned civil servant and one of the so-called super federal permanent secretaries under the military government of Yakubu Gowon deceased on Friday afternoon at 91.
TOS NEWS gathered that he passed away at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa State capital.
Meanwhile, President Buhari and former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar have mourned the departed soul.
In a condolence message released by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday, Buhari hailed Joda’s “monumental contributions to Nigeria’s unity and progress,” from the birth of the nation until his death.
The president said Joda’s lofty ideals will continue to motivate millions across the nation. “We will not forget his sacrifices,” he added, and prayed to Allah to accept his good deeds and grant fortitude to those he left behind in his family, Adamawa Emirate Council and entire people of the state to bear the loss.
Also, Atiku Abubakar, described Joda’s death as the fall of an “oak tree”.
In a statement he signed in Abuja on Friday,he depicted Joda as a great Nigerian and a member of the first generation of Adamawa indigenes who made immense contributions to the growth of the state and the country.
“Today, our beautiful Adamawa State has lost a colossus. Indeed, an iroko tree has fallen in Nigeria, particularly Northern Nigeria.
“The news of the death of Joda comes with some kind of a jolt even though he lived to a prime old age.
“He belonged to the first generation of Adamawa indigenes who put our state and the North in the map of modern Nigeria.
“His stature as an accomplished administrator was towering and colourful.
“He was a shining star in the galaxy of Nigeria’s public servants.
“Joda, with a few of his peers, wrote the rule book of Nigeria’s civil service and his footprints will remain indelible.
He prayed that the Almighty Allah accepts his soul and provides his family with the fortitude to bear the loss.
About Ahmed Joda
Joda attended Yola Elementary School and Yola Middle School before proceeding to Barewa College, Zaria from 1945 to 1948.
He worked briefly at Moor Plantation in Ibadan,and later as an agricultural officer in Yola before venturing into journalism at Gaskiya Corporation in Zaria.
Having attended Pitmans College, London from 1954 to 1956, he became a correspondent at the Nigerian Broadcasting Service from 1956 to 1960 when he returned to Nigeria.
Joda joined the Northern regional government as a Chief Information Officer and then later Permanent Secretary from 1962 to 1967.
In 1967, following the outbreak of the Nigerian Civil War, he was seconded to the Federal Civil Service as a Permanent Secretary serving in the federal ministries of Information, Education and Industries, where he retired in 1978.
He retired into private business during the Second Nigerian Republic, where he served as chairman and board member of various companies including the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Nigerian Communications Commission, Pastoral Resolve, SCOA, Nigeria, Chagoury Group, Flour Mills of Nigeria, and the Nigerian LNG.
He was also a member of the 1988 Constituent Assembly which planned the constitutional transition of the Third Nigerian Republic.
In 1999, he was appointed the head of the committee to advise the Presidency on Poverty Alleviation and headed Muhammadu Buhari presidential transition committee in 2015.