Abuja – Malam Wada Maida, Chairman, Board of Directors of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), is dead.
Malam Lawal Sale Maida, a member of his family, who confirmed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said that Maida died in Abuja on Monday, after a brief illness. He was aged 70.
Maida, former Editor-in-Chief and later Managing Director of NAN, was one of the pioneer editors of the agency and served as various times as its Regional Editor in Kaduna, Political Editor and London Correspondent.
He was Chief Press Secretary to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari when he became military Head of State in December 1983, and returned to NAN in 1985 to become its Editor-in-Chief for eight years.
Maida, from Katsina State, was appointed NAN Managing Director in 1994 and served in that capacity for nine years before he bowed out in 2003.
Until his death, Maida was a member of the Executive Board of the International Press Institute and also a share holder of Media Trust Limited.
A family source said that the deceased returned from Katsina earlier on Monday where he went to sympathise with one of his friends who lost his wife last week.
NAN Acting Managing Direct0r, 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. (NAN)