Buhari mourns late Super Permanent Secretary Joda, describes him as hero for all Nigerians

Buhari mourns late Super Permanent Secretary Joda, describes him as hero for all Nigerians

President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to pioneer civil servant, great statesman and patriot, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, who died after a prolonged illness in his hometown, Yola, Adamawa.

 

Joda was the last surviving member of Governor Hassan Usman’s Northern Nigeria cabinet.

 

In a condolence message released by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Friday, August 13; President Buhari highlighted Joda’s “monumental contributions to Nigeria’s unity and progress,” from birth of the nation until his death. According to Buhari, Joda’s lofty ideals will continue to motivate millions across the nation.

 

“We will not forget his sacrifices,” he added.

 

Further, the President noted that the late “Super Permanent Secretary” as Joda; as well as some of his colleagues were referred to in the 70s, “distinguished himself as a remarkable scholar; journalist, intellectual, public servant and farmer.’’

 

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President Buhari called Joda “a hero for all Nigerians” who, even in death; “will continue to inspire every generation to move forward with love, brotherhood and harmony.” He prayed to Allah to accept his good deeds and grant fortitude to those he left behind in his family; the Adamawa Emirate Council and entire people of the state, to bear the loss.

 

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Mission in Tripoli said on Friday that it was evacuating 100 Nigerians stranded in Libya; with another set of 100 stranded Nigerians to be returned home in the next 10 days.

 

Confirming this was Mr Kabiru Musa, Chargé D’affaires en titre of the Nigerian Embassy in Libya.

 

Musa disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen on Friday, August 13, 2021. The evacuees arrived Nigeria via the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport around 10pm Nigerian time. Among those repatriated are victims of human trafficking and those detained in Libyan prisons for migration offences, amongst others.

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