Buhari Pays Tribute To Maduekwe, Justice Tobi And Elechi Amadi

Buhari, MismanagementPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday commiserated with the families government and people of Abia, Delta and Rivers States on the passing away of their illustrious sons Chief Ojo Maduekwe, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Justice Nikki Tobi, retired Supreme Court judge and Elechi Amadi, a literary icon.

“With profound sadness, President Buhari received the passing of Maduekwe, who also served as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada”, a statement by President’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu said.

The statement added that “in all his years of service to Nigeria as a diplomat, minister, politician and ambassador”, adding that “Maduekwe was an ardent believer in the unity of Nigeria and gave all to that pursuit.

“As Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, the President affirms that Maduekwe’s relentless call to citizen diplomacy and for Nigerians to be treated with dignity across the globe will continue to inspire other patriotic people to promote a positive international image of the country”, he said.

President Buhari also paid tribute to Justice Nikki Tobi, describing him as a brave jurist, who served Nigeria creditably and brought his many years of training, knowledge and wisdom to the Bench.

The President also joined the literary and academic community in mourning Amadi, whose writings and postulations as a novelist, poet and playwright introduced many generations of the world to the vibrant Nigerian culture.

In paying homage to the Man of Letters, visionary and venerated elder who dedicated his life to values of peace, equality, dignity and the reading culture in Nigeria, the President believes that the passing away of Amadi is as much a loss to Nigeria and Africa as it is to the world.

The President affirmed that the outpouring of grief and tribute across Nigeria and beyond is a testament of the high degree of respect and acceptance Amadi commanded around the world.

He prayed that God will grant the souls of the departed citizens eternal rest and comfort their families, friends and admirers.

Former Foreign Affairs Minister, Ojo Maduekwe Dies At 71

Ojo Maduekwe, Foreign Affairs Minister, Minister of TransportThe former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, has died at the age of 71.

The elder-statesman was reported to be returning to Nigeria on Wednesday from the U.S via Dubai when he fell ill.

Maduekwe was born on May, 6, 1945 in Abia State.

He was appointed Culture and Tourism Minister by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, and Minister of Transport in 2001.

He was also made Foreign Minister of Nigeria on July 26, 2007 by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua and left office in March 2010 when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet.

He was National Secretary of then ruling political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and worked as the Deputy Director of PDP presidential campaign 2011 Goodluck/Sambo ticket.

The late elder-statesman advocated greater use of bicycles during his time as Minister of Transport.

Election of PDP BoT Chairman Inconclusive

It turned out to be an anti-climax as Nigeria’s ruling party the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) failed to elect the chairman of its Board of Trustee (BoT).

The election was expected to see to the election of a new chairman nine months after former President Olusegun Obasanjo resigned as the party’s BoT Chairman.

Although the former president was absent from the meeting, it was well attended by other members led by the President Goodluck Jonathan and other heavy weights in the PDP but they failed to elect a new leader.

After hours of horse trading and negotiations, the party leaders agreed to set up a six-man committee to properly align the membership of its board of trustees with its relevant constitutional provisions in order to enhance the legitimacy of the outcome of the eventual election of a new BoT chairman.

Briefing journalists after the meeting of the BoT which failed to elect the next chairman of the board, a former national secretary of the party and Nigeria’s Ambassador to Canada; Chief Ojo Maduekwe said  the decision has become necessary  for the party to continue to reinvent, remain united and forward looking in the best interest of Nigerians.

The six-man special committee is made up of Prof. Jerry Gana as chairman, Dr Shetima Mustafa, Governor Ibrahim Shema, Senator Stella Omu, Senator Hope Uzodinma, and Chief Bode George.

The committee has three weeks to submit its report.

The party’s board of trustees is meant to reconvene next month on the same matter as they say the meeting was for housekeeping purposes.