Breaking News: Ojo Maduekwe Slumps, Dies At The Airport On His Way From America
Former Foreign Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe is dead.Chief Maduekwe was reported to have slumped and consequently passed on as he arrived from a trip to United States of America.
Sources hinted that he passed on, Wednesday evening, at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport , Abuja on his return from a trip to the US.
It was gathered that he collapsed on arrival and was rushed to the Turkish Hospital, Abuja where he was confirmed dead.
He was born May 6, 1945 in Abia State, Nigeria and was appointed Foreign Minister of Nigeria on July 26, 2007 by President Umaru Yar’Adua Maduekwe.
Chief 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 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 was National Secretary of the ruling political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Chief Ojo Maduekwe graduated with honours from the University of Nigeria in 1972 and was admitted to practice as a barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1973.
That was the beginning of a stellar career at the Bar, in politics and public office. He served as a member of the National Boundaries Commission in 1997 and in the same year was appointed member/Technical Adviser, VISION 2010. He served as a member of the defunct National Assembly in 1983 before the military took over the reins of Government that year. Between 1988 and 1989 he served as a member of the National Assembly.
Chief Ojo Maduekwe participated in the constitutional conference in 1994-1995. At the dawn of the new democratic experience in 1999, he was appointed Obasanjo’s Minister of Culture and Tourism and was later appointed Minister of Transport, a position in which he proposed a bicycle riding culture for Nigerians not only as a means of transport but for fitness.
When he left that office he became the President’s Adviser on Legal and Constitutional Affairs and later served as National Secretary of Africa’s largest political party, the peoples Democratic (Party PDP).
He was tapped from that position and translated to the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs between 2007 and 2010. When it was time for election, he became the Deputy Director General of the Dr. Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign –the outcome of his being the election of Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Chief Ojo Maduekwe was married to Chief (Mrs.) Ucha Maduekwe and they were blessed with children.