Thursday, June 30, 2016

Former Foreign Affairs Minister Ojo Madueke passes away at age 71

Nigeria’s former Foreign Minister, Ojo Maduekwe is dead. Until his death, he was the Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Board of Trustees (BoT).

Born on May 6, 1945, Madueke also served as Minister of Culture and Tourism and Minister of Transportation under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

The Chairman of the PDP BoT, Senator Walid Jubrin confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday.

Jubrin said he was shocked to learn about the death of Maduekwe.

He said that the former Nigerian Ambassador to Canada passed on at a critical time when the party needed him most.

Jubrin said that he was waiting for Maduekwe come back from U.S., where he travelled to, so that they could put heads together to address the party’s leadership problem .

“I learnt with sadness and great shock about the death of this very devoted member of the party, a very dependable member and a very useful member with whom we have worked very closely together.

We have been trying our best to find a solution to this problem and it is so sad that Maduekwe died at a very critical moment.

It is sad that at this critical moment, Maduekwe had to go and we are definitely going to miss him and his ideas.

He meant very well for this party, he meant very well for the BoT.

He had very fantastic ideas on the way out for our party crisis.

Maduekwe has been national secretary of the PDP, he has been a Nigerian ambassador and so, we were utilizing his knowhow in BoT.

He did very well for the few months he was in BoT. I will never forget him.

I have lost a great partner,” Jubrin said.

He prayed to God to give members of the deceased family as well as PDP faithful the fortitude to bear this great loss.

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