A former Minister of Foreign Affairs and a stalwart of the opposition Peoples Democratic Patty, PDP, Ojo Maduekwe, is dead.
Mr. Maduekwe died at about 7pm on Wednesday at a hospital in Abuja.
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 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).
A close associate of the former minister told IGBERE TV that Mr. Maduekwe was returning to Nigeria from the U.S. via Dubai when he fell ill.
“He fell ill while on air from Dubai and he was rushed to the hospital as soon as the plane landed in Abuja, but