Adamu Ciroma (20 November 1934 – 5 July 2018)

was a Nigerian politician and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, born in Potiskum, Yobe State.

He was a member of the People’s Democratic Party.

Adamu Ciroma Was The Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria From,
24 September 1975 – 28 June 1977

Preceded by Clement Isong
Succeeded by Ola Vincent

Federal Minister of Finance In office June 1999 – May 2003

Succeeded by
Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Personal details

20 November 1934
Potiskum, Yobe State, Nigeria

5 July 2018 (aged 83)
Abuja, Nigeria

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, in which he was supposedly sponsored by the faceless Kaduna Mafia, a rumored group of northern intellectuals, serving officers and bureaucrats stationed around Kaduna.

He came third in the primary, behind Shehu Shagari and Maitama Sule, his candidacy having been partly financed by Hamza Rafindadi Zayyad, the head of the New Nigeria Development Company.

Ciroma was briefly the secretary of the NPN and he later served at various times as 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).

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.

Fourth Republic career

Ciroma was a founding member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). He served as Minister of Finance in the government of Olusegun Obasanjo from 1999 to 2003. Currently, his wife Maryam Ciroma holds the position of PDP National Women leader in Nigeria.


^ BREAKING: Ex-Minister of Finance, Adamu Ciroma, died at 84
^ Bolaji Adepegba, Adamu Ciroma,tested and trusted yet uncrowned, Daily Independent Online, Nov 27, 2003 [1]
^ Olajide Aluko. Nigeria and Britain after Gowon, African Affairs > Vol. 76, No. 304 (Jul., 1977), pp. 9
^ Shehu Shagari. Beckoned To Serve. Heinemann Educational Books, Nigeria, 2001.pp214
^ Shehu Othman, Classes, Crises and Coup: The Demise of Shagari’s Regime, African Affairs > Vol. 83, No. 333 Oct., 1984. pp 447, 449
^ 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
^ Quentin Peel, “Shagari shuffles Cabinet”, Financial Times, February 16, 1982
^ Quentin Peel, “President’s party wins majority in Nigerian Assembly”, Financial Times, September 6, 1983


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