President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday visited Yola in Adamawa State where he paid condolence visit to the family of the late Ahmed Joda.
The late Joda was the Chairman of the Buhari Transition Committee in 2015.
Buhari also visited the palace of the Lamido of Adamawa, Mohammadu Aliu Barkin.
He arrived at the Yola International Airport and was received by the Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintri; his Chief of Staff, Prof Maxwell Gidado; the minister of the FCT, Mohammed Bello; heads of security agencies in the state and members of the State Executive Council.
Buhari had earlier in a condolence message, described the late Joda as a trustworthy and loyal companion “who steadfastly stood for the interest of the nation through highs and lows”.
President Muhammadu Buhari has mourned former Permanent Secretary and Chairman of his Transition Team in 2015, Ahmed Joda, describing him as a patriot.
In a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Sunday, President Buhari also described Joda as one who gave his best for the unity and development of the country.
Speaking through a delegation led by the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, to commiserate with family, friends and associates of the elder statesman, as well as the government and people of Adamawa State, President Buhari said Joda’s death was a collective loss to the family, state, country and the world that he touched and improved with integrity and competence.
“Joda was a trustworthy and loyal companion, who steadfastly stood for the interest of the nation through highs and lows,” the President said. “The country will not forget his sacrifices.”
The family, through Alhaji Mustapha Aminu, Galadima of Adamawa, thanked the President for sending a 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, who was 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 the “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.”
The Lamido thanked the President for sending the delegation and described Joda’s death as a big loss to the state and the country.
“Knowing the relationship between the President and Joda, we should be the ones going to Abuja to condole with the President instead of his sending a delegation to us,” the royal father said.
Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, who also received the Presidential delegation, said the state and country had lost a “father, a friend and an adviser to whom we ran for solutions to intractable problems.”
The Presidential delegation to Yola also included Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Senator representing Adamawa Central, Sen. Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed Binani, members of the House of Representatives representing Yola/Yola South, Hon. Ja’afaru Sulaiman Ribadu and Gombi, Hon Yusuf Buba as well as Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Musa Bello.
Others were Senior Special Assistants to the President, Sarki Abba and Garba Shehu; and a Special Assistant in the Presidency, Ibrahin Bapetel and Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, Air Commodore A.Y. Abdullahi.
Nigeria’s Vice President, Namadi Sambo, has presented copies of the handover notes to the transition committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Presentation of the documents to the committee led by Ahmed Joda held at the Presidential Villa on Monday, four days to the handover ceremony.
Presenting the documents, Mr Sambo said that members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) would be available to provide clarification on any query arising from the report.
Mr Sambo added that the report comprises activities of the Federal Government between 2011 and 2015 and that the Permanent Secretaries of each ministry had signed each page of the report to authenticate it.
He also hoped that it would guide the incoming administration towards the achievement of positive objectives, development and progress of Nigeria.
Sambo thanked the members of the two transition committees for their support and contributions.
In his remarks, Mr Joda described the handover notes as ‘comprehensive’, saying his committee would examine the report before final submission to the incoming Buhari’s administration.
He said it was the duty of his committee to ensure continuity in government, for the general progress of the nation.
On Sunday, the spokesman for the APC, Lai Mohammed, had raised concerns that the incoming administration had not received any document from the outgoing government. He was worried that the time for the incoming government to study the document before the handover of May 29 was short.
The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Sanusi Lamido Sanusi on Tuesday asked the Federal Government to ban some ethno-religious organisations in the country including the Arewa Consultative Forum, Ohanaeze, Afenifere, Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Mr Sanusi, who was a guest speaker at the dinner organised by the Northern Reawakening Forum (NRF), said such bodies are no longer religious or cultural in nature but political associations.
“These religious organisations, the Arewa, Afenifere, including Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI) and CAN, should be banned because they are not religious organisations, they are not culture organisations, they are political associations under the guise of religious organisations,” the CBN governor said.
He said the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides that the Federal Government must promote associations that cut across ethnic groups and the religious divide, adding, “But what we have are religious organisations that invite government officials to speak and the organisations honour them. They are just glorified institutions.”
The CBN governor said that the difference between a Muslim and a Christian in the North is nothing compared to the wide gulf between the rich Muslim and the poor Muslim, which also applied to the Christian in the North.
He said that the North is sitting on a time bomb waiting to explode, noting: “Agriculture farming there is subsistence. There is no development, no education, no prospect for employment and therefore we are sitting on a time bomb.”
Other notable speakers at the event included the former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Audu Ogbeh, who said security challenges in the North had set the region on fire, and the former chairman of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Ahmed Joda, who accused political leaders of overheating polity and tearing the country apart.
The National Chairman of the NRF, Mohammed Umara Kumalia, said the region had evolved from a people with a great and enviable culture and tradition to the present state where acute poverty, ethno-religious conflict, insecurity, disease and erosion of core values had taken over the life of many and made economic progress almost impossible in several parts of the North.
He said the forum was established to offer support to other stakeholders to elevate the North to its glorious days when peaceful coexistence, tolerance, hard work, service, respect, equity, honesty, humility, trust, brotherhood, commerce, agriculture, trade and above all pride were the values and culture of the people that today populate about 76 per cent of the geographical entity called Nigeria.