A former minister of agriculture Abba Sayyadi Ruma has died in London after a brief illness on Wednesday.
Sources say that the late Alhaji Abba Sayyadi was in a London hospital for a medical checkup. The late Ruma was born on March 13, 1962.
He was Minister of Agriculture during the tenure of late President Ummaru Musa Yar’adua.
He was the chairman of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development headquartered in Rome, Italy, and is a Partner Minister of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Born in March 1962, Abba Ruma was appointed Minister of State in the Federal Ministry of Education in 2005 under Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, and in 2007 he briefly became Federal Minister of Education when Ezekwesili left to take up a World Bank job.
He was married to Hajiya Rabi and has 8 children.