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The Exit Of A Titan: Senate observes a minute silence in honour of Sir Joda

…As Binani presents to the House a touching tribute

The Periscope Reporter

Whenever she stands up to speak, the Senator representing Adamawa Central Senatorial District in the 9th National Assembly, Sen Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed, popularly known as Binani, will either sponsor a Bill or make constructive contributions, supporting worthy sponsored Bills.

It isn’t a Bill she stands to present at the flow of the House today, Binani has been in mourning since, over the exit of a Super parent, Super mentor, guide and guardian; the Super Permanent Secretary, she joined elder statemen in referring to as detribalised Titan in all nationalistic considerations, Sir Ahmed Joda, hence has by way of tribute, invited lawmakers to join in the mourning, observing a minute silence.

The amazing amazon, the amiable pure hearted Senator, as she’s metaphorically, poetically referred to, Binani related the last conversation she had with the true nationalist, tasking her to engage the Senators her colleagues in initiating legislation, providing framework that would guide the national government to eradicate illiteracy and poverty as a bane of insecurity in the country.

“As his Senator, he passionately urged me to mobilise my colleagues in the National Assembly to initiate legislations and provide policy framework to guide Government in order to eradicate illiteracy and poverty in our Country.

“According to him, these are the twin evil responsible for all the challenges of Nigeria as at today,” Binani related.

Sir Joda, whom the tribute could metaphorically define as occupational and professional nomad, typifying his tribal essence as a herdsman – Fulanilated – moving from one ministry to another calling, has for long thought that ignorance compounds everything. Therefore, for the greatest good of the society and by way of cementing the unity in diversity, a poet could creatively coin as “mending fences”, strengthening nationalism, “On moving to Ministry of Education, Joda saw to the rapid expansion of Federal Unity Schools and Students Exchange Programme as a means of cementing Nigeria’s unity.

“Several institutions of the Ministry were established during his time, like the National Universities Commission (NUC), the National Teachers Institute (NTI) among others”.

Binani pointed out that “Baba Joda was a detribalised Nigerian who built bridges of unity in diversity across the country and died with the belief of one united Nigeria.

“President Obasanjo eulogised Joda, who alongside other elder statesmen like Philip Asiodu, Alison Ayida and Malam Liman Ciroma as those who saved Nigeria from breaking up following 1966 Coup”.

Resting her case, Binani said, “it is for these and many more that I respectfully urge Mr. President of the Senate, leadership and distinguished colleagues to rise for one minute in memory of this rare Nigerian, a giant of a man and a humble man of integrity”.

Responding, the Senate honourably observed a minute silence in Sir Joda, the nationalist’s honor.

Read below the full text of Sen Binani’s Tribute that called for a minute silence

THE EXIT OF A TITAN: TRIBUTE TO ALH. AHMED JODA CFR (1930-2021)

BY SEN. AISHATU DAHIRU AHMED (BINANI)

Mr President, distinguished colleagues, on Friday 13th August, 2021, like a thunderbolt, the news of the death of Alh. Ahmed Joda jolted many across the length and breath of this country.

Alh. Ahmed Joda was born in Girei Local Government in 1930.

His great-grand father was Modibbo Raji, a 19th Century Islamic Scholar, while from his mother’s side, he belonged to the scholastic family of Modibbo Girei.

After his elementary school in Yola, Ahmed Joda attended the famous Barewa College (then Kaduna) in 1940s.

Upon completion of his secondary school, he worked briefly at the More Plantation in Ibadan and also at Yola as Plantation and Forestry Officer respectively.

Thereafter, he opted for a career in Journalism at the Gaskiya Corporation in Zaria.

Subsequently, he proceeded to Pitman’s College London for a Diploma course in Journalism between 1954-1956. Upon his return, he went back to Gaskiya Corporation Zaria, working as a Journalist and correspondent of the Nigerian Broadcasting Service.

Later on, he joined the Northern Nigerian Government as its Chief Information Officer.

Between 1962-1967 he served as a Permanent Secretary Northern Nigeria Ministry of Information, where he closely worked with the late Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto.

In 1967, his services were transferred to Lagos, joining the Federal Public Service as a Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information during the crucial years of the Civil War (1967-1970).

It was during his years in the Federal Ministry of Information that Joda left indelible legacies in Public Service.

President Obasanjo eulogised Joda, who alongside other elder statesmen like Philip Asiodu, Alison Ayida and Malam Liman Ciroma as those who saved Nigeria from breaking up following 1966 Coup.

Throughout the Civil War years, Joda was working closely with other notable Nigerians round the clock, visiting all major powers of the world from Soviet Union to Europe and America to ensure a speedy end of the war. The likes of Sam Ikoku, MD Yusuf and Ukpabi Asika were always with Joda.

On moving to Ministry of Education, Joda saw to the rapid expansion of Federal Unity Schools and Students Exchange Programme as a means of cementing Nigeria’s unity.

Several institutions of the Ministry were established during his time, like the National Universities Commission (NUC), the National Teachers Institute (NTI) among others.

He retired in 1978 from the Federal Ministry of Industries as a Permanent Secretary.

Baba Joda was a detribalised Nigerian who built bridges of unity in diversity across the country and died with the belief of one united Nigeria.

After retirement from Public Service, Baba Joda served on the Board of NNPC, NCC, Pastoral resolve, SCOA, Chogouri and Chagauri Construction, Flour Mills of Nigeria, Nigerian NLG among others.

Ahmed Joda also played different and significant roles in the enthronement of Democracy from 1988 up to his death.

He served as a member of the Constitutional Conference in 1988, masterminded constitutional transition of the 3rd republic in 1999.

Until his death, Baba Joda was a tireless elder statesman and passionate patriot.

My last encounter with him was barely 6 months before his death when we had over four hours meeting at his request in his house in Yola.

As his Senator, he passionately urged me to mobilise my colleagues in the National Assembly to initiate legislations and provide policy framework to guide Government in order to eradicate illiteracy and poverty in our Country.

According to him, these are the twin evil responsible for all the challenges of Nigeria as at today.

It is for these and many more that I respectfully urge Mr. President of the Senate, leadership and distinguished colleagues to rise for one minute in memory of this rare Nigerian, a giant of a man and a humble man of integrity.

Thank you.

Senator Aishatu Dahiru Ahmed (Binani)
Adamawa Central

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