Former Minister Ojo Madueke Dead At 71

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Former Foreign Minister, and one time Minister of transport, Chief Ojo Maduekwe is dead.

He died in Abuja on Wednesday, evening, 29th June 2016. The cause of his death is yet to be unraveled at the moment, but the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Walid Jibril, has confirmed his death.

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Ojo Maduekwe was born May 6, 1945, in Abia State, Nigeria. He was appointed the minister of Culture and Tourism during President Olusegun Obasanjo’s regime in 1999. On July 26, 2007, he became the Foreign Minister of Nigeria under President Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration.

However, he left office in March 2010 when Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet after he was made the acting President of Nigeria.

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In 2001, Maduekwe was made the Minister of Transport, from where he was nicknamed ‘Ojo oni Keke’ for advocating for 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 didn’t relent on his course.

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 didn’t relent on his course.

He was also the National Secretary of Nigeria’s opposition political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and worked as the deputy director of PDP presidential campaign 2011 Goodluck/Sambo ticket.

He was nominated for the position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), but was subsequently dropped following criticisms by eastern people.

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Maduekwe and former NDDC Chairman, Onyema Ugochukwu were fraternity brothers at the University of Nigeria. Until his death, he was the secretary of the PDP Board of Trustees.

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