Buhari eulogises Ahmed Joda, says ”he never asked me for favour”

President Muhammadu Buhari has described late Ahmed Joda’s  services  to Nigeria,  as immeasurable, saying that all the years he knew Joda, he never requested a  favour from him.

President Buhari stated this at the palace Lamido Adamawa, Alhaji Muhammadu Barkindo Musdafa, at  a condolence visit to the families three elder statesmen and prominent sons Adamawa,  who passed recently.

Mr Femi Adesina, the President’s spokesman in a statement on Friday, said the families included that   Joda, a former Permanent Secretary and Chairman the Transition Committee that ushered in President Buhari’s administration in 2015.

Others were the families Dr Mahmoud Tukur, former Minister Commerce and Industry,  his military  administration and Abdullahi Danburam Jada, Minister Animal Health and Northern Cameroons  Affairs,  in the defunct Northern Region Government.

President Buhari, who was accompanied by Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri Adamawa, recounted his personal relationships with the deceased, noting that at various points, they played very supportive roles in his public service.

On the late Joda, he said: ‘‘Since I became governor North East, under retired  Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and later Minister,  Joda was one those who assisted me, until his transition.

‘‘He was very supportive each time I called on him as governor, minister and President and he never demanded any favours from me, either in cash or any form gratification .’’

On the late Mahmoud, the president said: ‘‘He was a bosom friend to my brother and they studied in Europe.

”He also contributed a lot  my military administration and did well in his assignment .”

President Buhari noted that from the antecedents his close working relationship with the people Adamawa and how they had distinguished themselves, he appointed one their sons,  the Minister of FCT, a very important position.

‘‘I gave an Adamawa indigene,  Mr Mohammed Bello, a huge and complicated assignment as FCT minister. Although he is young, he is performing very well with the fear God,’’ he added.

The president commiserated with the government, people and the Lamido of Adamawa,  on the demise of their illustrious sons.

He prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed and divine comfort for their families.

In his remarks, Fintiri thanked the President for the visit, saying ‘‘given your closeness to the deceased,  we should have been the ones travelling to Abuja to with you.’’

The governor commended the president for taking out time,  off his busy schedule to visit Adamawa, on the same day his son, Yusuf, was  getting married to Zahra Bayero.

Zahra is the daughter of Nasiru Ado Bayero, the Emir of Bichi in Kano.

The royal father, Lamido Adamawa,  also conveyed the Emirate’s appreciation to the President and his entourage, pronouncing blessings for safe travels and success in the President’s engagement in Kano ,  for his son’s wedding. (NAN)