Atiku: Ahmed Joda’s Death Fall Of An Iroko
The PYRAMID Reporter
Former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has described the death of Alhaji Ahmed Joda, former Federal Permanent Secretary, as “fall of an iroko”. Alhaji Ahmed Joda, was one of the permanent secretaries of the General Yakubu Gowon Federal Military Government known as “super permanent secretaries” due to the immense influence they wielded as chief bureaucrats in the 1960s and ‘70s.
VP Atiku, in a signed statement signed on Friday in Abuja, described Joda as a great Nigerian and first generation of Adamawa indigenes who made immense contribution to the growth of the state and the country.
He said, “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 age.
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.“
Atiku prayed that the Almighty Allah accepts his soul and grants his family the fortitude to bear the loss of a forthright and iconic patriarch.
Late Ahmed Joda who hails from the same predominantly Fulani state of Adamawa as former VP Atiku Abubakar was chairman of the high powered General Muhammadu Buhari Presidential Transition Committee in 2015. He died at the age of 91 last Friday.
He was permanent secretary at the federal ministry of information during the Nigerian civil war, among other top civil Sevice positions.
Joda was regarded as one of the frontline northern leaders who helped shape the region’s future from behind the scenes, and was on the board of a number of prominent transnational private business concerns.