President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of the former federal Permanent Secretary and Chairman of his 2015 Transition Team, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, as the loss of a patriot and most valuable citizen who gave his best for unity and development of Nigeria.
The president, who sent a delegation to Yola, Adamawa State capital, yesterday led by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, to commiserate with family, friends and associates of the elder statesman, including the government and people of Adamawa State, said Joda’s transition was a collective loss to the family, state, country and the world that he touched and improved with integrity and competence.
Buhari, according to a statement issued yesterday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, told the family that: “Joda was a trustworthy and loyal companion, who steadfastly stood for the interest of the nation through highs and lows. The country will not forget his sacrifices.”
The Galadima of Adamawa, Alhaji Mustapha Aminu, who responded on behalf of the Joda’s family, thanked the president for sending a high-powered delegation to mourn with them, agreeing that Joda was a hero for all Nigerians.
Aminu highlighted the trust and loyalty that shaped the relationship between the president and the former Permanent Secretary, also known as one of the “Super Perm Secs’’, saying the president shared greatly in the loss as well.
At the palace of Lamido of Adamawa, Dr. Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, the SGF conveyed “deepest condolences” of the president and that of the government and the people of Nigeria to him and his people, saying: “We have come to mourn a hero, a mentor and a father.”
President Buhari stressed that Joda made a deep impression on all by the work he did at that time in 2015, ensuring a “seamless transition by remaining focused, resourceful and avoiding land mines for a successful takeover.”
While responding, the Lamido thanked the president for sending the delegation and described Joda’s death as a big loss to the state and the country.