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Buhari’s former press secretary, Maida, passes away at 70

Malam Wada Maida, Chairman, Board of Directors of the News Agency of Nigeria, and former press secretary to President Buhari, has died.

According to a member of his family, who confirmed his demise to newsmen, Maida died in Abuja on Monday at the age of 70.

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Maida, who was the former Editor-in-Chief and later Managing Director of NAN, was one of the pioneer editors of the agency. He served at various times as its Regional Editor in Kaduna, Political Editor and London Correspondent.

He was Chief Press Secretary to Muhammadu Buhari when the latter became military Head of State in December 1983. He thereafter returned to NAN in 1985 to become its Editor-in-Chief for eight years.

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Maida, who, like President Buhari, hailed from Katsina State, was appointed the Managing Director of News Agency of Nigeria in 1994 and he served in that capacity for nine years before he stepped down in 2003.

Until his death, Maida was a member of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute and also a shareholder of Media Trust Limited.

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The Acting Managing Director of NAN, Mr Dele Ojo, while reacting to Maida’s death, described the news as “shocking and devastating”.

“It is difficult to believe this news. It is very devastating. God knows best,” Ojo said in a telephone interview.

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