Chinwoke Mbadinuju, administrator and former governor of Anambra State, 68, June 14. Born in Uli, Ihiala local government area of Anambra State, he was educated at Mgbidi Central School, Oru, Imo State, 1955; Bishop Lasbery College, Irete, Imo State, 1959-1962; State University, New York, USA, 1969-1970, and Cornell University, New York, USA. He was appointed lecturer, Times Training School, Iganmu, Lagos, 1977-1978; general manager and chief executive officer, Star Printing and Publishing Company Limited, Enugu, 1979-1980; special assistant to Alex Ekwueme, former vice-president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Mbadinuju was elected governor of Anambra State, 1999-2003.
Abdulsalami Abubakar, retired soldier and former head of state, 71, June 13. Born in Minna, Niger State, he was educated at the Native Authority Primary School, Minna, 1950-1956; Provincial Secondary School, Bida, 1957-1962; Technical Institute, Kaduna, 1963-1966; Infantry Officers Course, USA, 1975-1976. He was appointed infantry corps officer, Nigerian Army 1977; member, United Nations peace keeping force, Lebanon, 1978-1979; chief of policy and plans, Nigerian Army, 1991-1993; chief of defence staff, 1995-1998; head of state and commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, 1998-1999. He was also appointed United Nations special envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2000. He holds the traditional titles of Wali of Minna and Makamaof Wushishi.
Mohammed Lawal Uwais, former Chief Justice of Nigeria, 77, June 12. Born in Kaduna, Kaduna State, he was educated at the Institute of Administration, Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria; University of London and Inn of Court, School of law, London. He was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple, London, 1963. Uwais was assistant publicity secretary at the ministry of information, northern Nigeria, 1959-1964; state counsel, 1966-1970; acting chief judge of Kaduna State, 1976. He moved to the Court of Appeal, 1979-1985, and became the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, 1991-1992; Chief Justice of Nigeria, 1995. He was appointed to head a committee that reviewed the nation’s electoral laws by late President UmaruYar’Adua, 2007.
Joseph Waku, administrator, politician and senator, 67, June 12. Born in Waku, Guma local government area of Benue State, he was educated at Obid Primary School, Nassarawa State; London Institute of Public Relations. He was director of research and publicity, Nigerian People’s Party, NPP, 1979. Waku was a member of the board of directors Plateau Publishing Company, 1980; elected member, Benue State House of Assembly, 1983. He was appointed director of publicity, defunct NPP, 1979-1982; Benue State co-ordinator, Hope’ 92, Moshood Abiola’s Campaign Organisation, 1993. Waku was elected senator representing Benue State, 1999-2003.
Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu
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