The Sarauniya Ganye Chiefdom, Hon Patricia Seubittere Yakubu has paid tribute to Hamman Bello Ahmed (Kojoli) OFR, astute statesman and former Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service, who died on Wednesday, describing him as a goldstar who was kind and selfless.
Hon Yakubu, who once contested the senate seat for Adamawa South with the late Customs boss, said this in a statement released to the Press on Thursday.
She said he was an Illustrious Son of Ganye Chiefdom, a father to many and a down-to-earth, easy going personality with a heart of gold.
According to her, she is glad and consoled that the late Kojoli will be remembered for his kindness and his hard work. These, she noted, earned him accolades of a good man that left indelible marks of goodness in the sands of times.
The Sarauniya Ganye Chiefdom, however, regretted that Kojoli died at a time his wisdom and knowledge are needed to pilot Adamawa, Nigeria to great heights, which were his earnest desires.
Nonetheless, Hon. Yakubu urged family members of the deceased, the APC family, and the entire people of Adamawa State to take comfort that Hamman’s good deeds will be accrued to him as a special gift in Aljanatur Firdausi.
She said, “He lived well and died empty, but he will always be remembered for his good works to humanity. May God repose his soul in Paradise.”
On a personal note, she added, “To tell you how selfless Kojoli was, during our campaigns days for the Senate, he told the electorates that anyone who will not vote for him, should vote for me.
“Honestly, he was a good man.
“As a mechanized farmer he did give out his rice improved seeds free to people, especially local farmers including myself in large quantity.”
Kojoli, who was born on January, 3 1944, was a Nigerian customs officer, philanthropist and politician. He served as the comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service from 2008 to 2009.
Born and raised in Kajoli Village, Jada local government area of Adamawa State, Kojoli began his early education at the Jada Primary School from 1956 to 1963, and later attended the Government Secondary School Ganye for his secondary education from 1965 to 1969.
He obtained his WASC at the Government Secondary School Bauchi in 1970 before proceeding to the Ahmadu Bello University in 1977, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree.