Former Chief Press Secretary to President Muhammadu Buhari when he was the Head of State in 1984, Malam Wada Maida, is dead.
Maida died in Abuja on Monday at the age of 70.
Until his death, Maida was a member of the Executive Board of International Press Institute (IPI) and the Chairman of Board of Directors of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
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.
He studied at Government College, Katsina, 1964-1968; Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), 1971; Indiana Institute of Mass Communication, 1972-1975; and Aberdeen College of Commerce, UK, 1975-1977.
He was appointed information officer, Kaduna State, 1971-1978; zonal editor, 1978-1981; Foreign Correspondent, NAN, in-charge of Western Europe, London, 1981-1983; and Chief Press Secretary to Buhari when he was the Head of State from 1984-1985.
Maida was Editor-in-Chief, NAN, 1985-1994, and Managing Director in 1994.
He was a member of several organisations, including the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Vision 2010, Foreign Press Association, London, and Amnesty International, and co-founder of Daily Trust, among others.