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Ojo Maduekwe Dies At 71

Ambassador Ojo Maduekwe
Posted: Jun 30, 2016 at 4:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chief Ojo Maduekwe, former Foreign Affairs Minister, is dead. Unconfirmed report said Maduekwe collapsed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on Wednesday, shortly after arriving from the United States of America where he had gone to attend a relative’s graduation ceremony. He was born May 6, 1945 in Abia State and was appointed Foreign Minister on July 26, 2007 by President Umaru Yar’Adua. Maduekwe was also appointed Culture and Tourism Minister by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, Minister of Transport in 2001. As Minister of Transport he got the nick name ‘Ojo oni Keke’ for advocating the use of bicycles, although critics said that the roads were unsafe for cyclists and Maduekwe himself was pushed into a ditch by a bus while he was cycling to work. He was national secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Maduekwe trained as a lawyer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.