ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – Chief Ojo Maduekwe, former Foreign Minister and Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is 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 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 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 then ruling political party, the PDP.
Maduekwe trained as a lawyer.
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