Adamu Ciroma

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Adamu Ciroma (born 1934 in Potiskum, Yobe State[1]) is a Nigerian politician and former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.[2] He is currently a member of the People's Democratic Party.

Early life and education

Ciroma was educated at elementary schools in Fika and Potiskum, he later attended the Bornu Middle School and [[Barewa College, Zaria and he also went to the Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology. In 1961, he graduated from the University of Ibadan and thereafter joined the civil service where he started out as an administrative officer. From 1965-1966, he was a senior assistant secretary in the federal ministry of Mines and Power and in 1966, he became the editor of the New Nigerian and later served as the managing director of the paper.

Ciroma was appointed as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria in 1975 and was later a member of the 1977-1978 Constituent Assembly.

Second Republic career

In 1979, Ciroma was one of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) presidential aspirants who contested in the party's presidential primary,[3] in which he was supposedly sponsored by the faceless Kaduna Mafia, a rumored group of northern intellectuals, serving officers and bureaucrats stationed around Kaduna.[4] He came third in the primary, behind Shehu Shagari and Maitama Sule, his candidcacy having been partly financed by Hamza Rafindadi Zayyad, the head of the New Nigeria Development Company.[5]

Ciroma was briefly the secretary of the NPN and was later made Minister for Industries, Agriculture and Finance. As a senior cabinet minister in the Shagari administration, he played pivotal roles in the implementation of the president's agenda especially in the areas of food production and working with international agencies to develop an agricultural development project ADP.[6] In September 1983, he was made the chairman of a presidential transition committee, which further demonstrated the trust the president had in his capabilities. The committee was mandated to make proposals on how to re-structure the federal government which was going through a crisis of confidence.[7]

Fourth Republic career

Ciroma is a founding member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), which has been ruling Nigeria since 1999. He served as Minister of Finance in the government of Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2003. Currently, his wife holds the position of Minister of Women Affairs and Youth in the same government.


  • 1. ^ Bolaji Adepegba, Adamu Ciroma, tested and trusted yet uncrowned, Daily Independent Online, Nov 27, 2003 [1]
  • 2. ^ Olajide Aluko. Nigeria and Britain after Gowon, African Affairs > Vol. 76, No. 304 (Jul., 1977), pp. 9
  • 3. ^ Shehu Shagari. Beckoned To Serve. Heinemann Educational Books, Nigeria, 2001.pp214
  • 4. ^ Shehu Othman, Classes, Crises and Coup: The Demise of Shagari's Regime, African Affairs > Vol. 83, No. 333 Oct., 1984. pp 447, 449
  • 5. ^ William Reno. Old Brigades, Money Bags, New Breeds, and the Ironies of Reform in Nigeria. Canadian Journal of African Studies / Revue Canadienne des Études Africaines > Vol. 27, No. 1 (1993), pp. 75
  • 6. ^ Quentin Peel, "Shagari shuffles Cabinet", Financial Times, February 16, 1982
  • 7. ^ Quentin Peel, "President's party wins majority in Nigerian Assembly", Financial Times, September 6, 1983