Ex Minister dies at 71

Late Ojo Maduekwe.

Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Ojo Maduekwe has died at the age of 71.

Maduekwe served as Minister of Culture and tourism and Minister of Transport in the Olusegun Obasanjo led-government and also Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Yar’Adua led-government.

He also served as National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Maduekwe was mourned last night by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who described him as a “political colossus, public administrator par excellence and uncommon patriot who gave his best to the country.”
Following the exit of Obasanjo from power, he served as Nigeria’s High
Commissioner to Canada during late President, Umar Yar‘adua.

Staunch association
He was an unwavering associate of former President Obasanjo in the period between 1999 and 2007 and was pivotal to the development of some of the most cardinal political and policy programmes of the Obasanjo government.

Even before bicycles exchange programmes became a central policy of many European and American cities, Maduekwe as Nigeria’s minister of transport had advocated the use of bicycles as a major mode of intra-city transport and demonstrated his passion when he rode on a bicycle to a meeting of the Federal Executive Council in Abuja.

Maduekwe was a central player in the politics of Abia State and represented the state at several levels.

Many leaders from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria, including officials of the Abia State comforted the family yesterday, Wednesday.