Ojo Maduekwe

Chief Ojo Maduekwe (May 6, 1945 – June 29, 2016) was a Nigerian politician of Igbo origin, from Ohafia, Abia State. He was appointed Foreign Minister of Nigeria on July 26, 2007 by President Umaru Yar'Adua.[1] He left office in March 2010 when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan dissolved his cabinet.[2] He was National Secretary of the ruling political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). He worked as the deputy director of PDP presidential campaign 2011 Goodluck/Sambo ticket. He was nominated for SGF, but was subsequently dropped following criticism by eastern people.

Ojo Maduekwe
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Minister of Transportation, Nigeria
In office
2001–2003
Preceded byKema Chikwe
Succeeded byPrecious Sekibo
Foreign Minister of Nigeria
In office
July 26, 2007 – March 17, 2010
Preceded byJoy Ogwu
Succeeded byHenry Odein Ajumogobia
Personal details
Born(1945-05-06)May 6, 1945
Abia State, Nigeria
DiedJune 29, 2016(2016-06-29) (aged 71)
Abuja, Nigeria
Political partyPeople's Democratic Party

Previously, Maduekwe had been appointed Culture and Tourism minister by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999.[3] He was appointed Minister of Transport in 2001. In this position, he advocated greater 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 educated at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and graduate with a law degree in 1972.[4]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Nigerian president names three to Cabinet energy posts, warns against graft", Associated Press (International Herald Tribune), July 26, 2007.
  2. ^ Daniel Idonor (17 March 2010). "Jonathan Sacks Ministers". Vanguard. Retrieved 2010-04-14.
  3. ^ Seyi Oduyela (January 1, 2006). "State of The Nation: Countdown To 2007". Dawodu. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  4. ^ "Nigerian Transport Minister Out Spoken On Bike". Vanguard. July 2001. Archived from the original on 2010-06-13. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
  5. ^ Patrick Henry (January 7, 2007). "Political Rumors and Surprises: The Dust has Cleared". NgEX!. Retrieved 2010-02-08.
Party political offices
Preceded by
National Secretary of the PDP
2003 – 2016
Succeeded by
Vacant