By Funmilola Gboteku
The Chairman, Board and Management of Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc (FMN), have described passage of elder statesman, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, as death of a great titan.
Mr John Coumantaros, Chairman of FMN, expressed his condolence in a statement, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, in Lagos.
He said Joda, a giant of Nigeria’s industry, would be remembered as an accomplished public servant, a mentor and charismatic leader, with an unwavering commitment and indelible contributions to the development of his fatherland.
Coumantaros said that many Nigerians in this generation and those to come, would remain indebted to his remarkable legacies and stewardship.
He said Joda, was a former vice chairman and member of the FMN board of directors, from June 1978 to September 2012, adding that he was instrumental to the growth and success story of the group.
“We pray that God consoles his family and all others, who have been impacted by his demise.
“On behalf of the board of directors, management and staff of FMN, I express our profound condolences and grief to your family on the passing of your beloved father and patriarch, Joda, at a golden age.
“Joda was a visionary leader, teacher, statesman and father to many, including myself, who had the privilege of benefiting from his abundance of knowledge, during his lifetime.
” I will never forget his warmth and love toward my father, with whom he was close, ” Coumantaros said.
The chairman said he would most fondly remember him for his fatherly affection and counsel, which saw him through his formative years as a businessman in Nigeria.
He said their thoughts and prayers were with the family of the deceased during this difficult time.
“May the enduring presence and love of the Almighty, console, strengthen, and keep your family and may the soul of the departed , rest in peace, ” he said.
NAN recalls that Joda died in Yola on Friday at the age of 91.
Aside other notable engagements in his lifetime, Joda was the head of Muhammadu Buhari’s presidential transition committee in 2015.
During the regime of General Yakubu Gowon, he was considered among a group, known as Super Permanent Secretaries, on account of the sphere of influence they wielded. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)