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Nigeria’s Former Foreign Minister Ojo Madueke Dies at 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 Nigeria’s Ambassador to the 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.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. manueladesola

    June 30, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Also read

    It’s okay to be the man with a heart

  2. Skyprince

    June 30, 2016 at 7:04 am


  3. Akpene Jacob

    June 30, 2016 at 7:20 am

    May his soul rest in peace Amen.

    I rep

  4. Benson Ossai

    June 30, 2016 at 8:24 am

    Deeply pained by this news.He was gentle man.I think he was Nigeria Ambassador to Canada and not USA during Jonathan administration.

  5. Chynwa

    June 30, 2016 at 9:00 am

    RIP Sir. I’m actually short of words. BN, it’s ambasaddor to Canada not US, cheers

  6. Hmm

    June 30, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Was this not the minister that said Nigerians should start riding bicycles?

    • Call Me Gorgeous...

      June 30, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Yes you are correct…He certainly was the one!
      May he RIP…

  7. Prince

    June 30, 2016 at 10:39 am


  8. nene+

    June 30, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Rest in peace Mr Ojo Maduekwe! The minister who rode bicycle to work! May your soul find rest.

  9. Otunba Klemzer

    June 30, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Rest in peace sir.

  10. nnenne

    July 1, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Rest in peace.
    What is life?

  11. True Talk

    July 2, 2016 at 9:46 am

    Una no go kill me Nigeians. I remember that bicycle thing and their type had up to 12 cars or more to a family.May God comfort his family.

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