Breaking: Ex Finance Minister Adamu Ciroma dies

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Adamu Ciroma, a foremost Nigerian politician, is dead.

A family member who was with Ciroma in his last days at the hospital confirmed his death on Thursday afternoon.

Ciroma, a former minister of finance, passed on at the Turkish Nizamiye Hospital, Abuja, where he had been hospitalised since last week. He was 83.

Ciroma, a prominent player in Second Republic politics who later played a prominent role in the Fourth Republic as one of the founding members of the Peoples Democratic Party, is expected to be buried after Islamic rites at the National Mosque, Abuja.

His death came two days after former Vice President Atiku Abubakar visited him at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Abubakar, a 2019 presidential aspirant, met Ciroma, both longtime allies, in coma, according the former vice president’s spokesperson Paul Ibe.

Abubakar’s office also confirmed the death of Ciroma.

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