Bayelsa State governor, Hon Henry Seriake Dickson, has said Nigeria needs quintessential and selfless leaders like the late Mallam Adamu Ciroma to rescue the country from the shackles of injustice, misrule and underdevelopment.

A statement signed by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Francis Ottah Agbo noted that Dickson spoke yesterday in Abuja when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the late elder statesman who died last week.

Dickson eulogised Ciroma for his leadership qualities and service to fatherland.

The governor stressed that Ciroma lived for humanity,adding that his demise was not just a great loss to Nigeria but clearly irredeemable. He also assured the Ciromas that he will continue to maintain his relationship with the family.

He said: “Mallam Adamu Ciroma lived for humanity and worked for the unity and progress of Nigeria. He was exceptional in and out of office. In all the places he worked, from New Nigeria Newspaper where he was editor and later MD, CBN Governor, Finance Minister and others, he served without blemish and etched his name in the sands of time. As a top political leader, he played politics of Service to fatherland and politics of conviction.

“He was a Statesman and a quintessential leader. He left us when we needed him most but who are we to question God. We can only thank God for doing what only He can do. He gives and takes at will, ours is to accept this at all times. I join his family, associates and friends to pray for the eternal repose of his soul.

“We condole the family, the wife and children he has left behind. We pray to God for Nigeria to have many Adamu Ciromas, who will dedicate their lives to the wellbeing of their people and rescue this country from injustice and underdevelopment.”

Speaking on behalf of the family, former Minister of Police Affairs, Alhaji Adamu Maina Waziri on behalf of the family, welcomed Dickson and entourage to the home of the Ciromas. He thanked the Governor for his support to the late Ciroma and family,noting that the family holds him in high esteem.