- President Muhammadu Buhari has lost his former chief press secretary, Wada Maida
- Maida died on Monday, August 17, at the age of 70
- The deceased was Buhari's chief press secretary between 1983 and 1985
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Malam Wada Maida, the former chief press secretary to President Muhammadu Buhari when he was the Military Head of State in 1983, is dead.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that until his death, Maida was a member of the executive board of the International Press Institute (IPI) and chairman of the board of directors of NAN.
Legit.ng gathered that Maida, who was in his office on Monday, August 17, and did not show any sign of sickness, was said to have slumped and died.
Born on March 5, 1950, in Katsina state, Maida was the chairman of the board of directors of People’s Media, and a former Editor-in-Chief and managing director of NAN in 1994 and served in that capacity for nine years before he bowed out in 2003.
He studied at Government College, Katsina between 1964 and 1968; Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), 1971; Indiana Institute of Mass Communication, 1972-1975; and Aberdeen College of Commerce, UK, 1975-1977.
The report says that a family member, who confirmed his death, disclosed that Maida died in Abuja on Monday. He was aged 70.
He was one of the pioneer editors of the agency and served at various times as its regional editor in Kaduna, political editor and London correspondent.
He was chief press secretary to President Buhari and later returned to NAN in 1985 to become its editor-in-chief for eight years.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the death of Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, a longtime friend and associate of President Buhari caused much pain to the Nigerian leader.
It was reported that President Buhari in reaction to Funtua's passing condoled with the deceased's family, government, and people of Katsina state over the death of the Second Republic minister.
This was disclosed in a tweet by Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant on new media to the president, via his verified Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad.
In another report, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lost one of its top chieftains in Kaduna state, Alhaji Umar Gana.
Gana, who served as the coordinator and member of the APC's campaign council during the 2015 and 2019 presidential elections respectively, died on Tuesday, July 21, after a protracted illness.
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