For Chief Ojo Maduekwe, all roads lead to his grave spot. In a proceeding that seems a cruel and unusual joke by fate, Maduekwe recently arrived from the United States to party with his wife on a marble dance floor only to be interred six feet in mud earth. The former Minister of Transport and Foreign Affairs embarked on a trip of no return few minutes into his arrival in the country for his wife’s 70th birthday.
Henceforth, friends and family of the 71-year old will tread with heavy steps to his final resting place although few minutes before his demise, they were preparing to hit the dance floor with him last Wednesday, as he celebrates his beloved wife’s 70th anniversary.
There is no gainsaying Maduekwe, who was also Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, hastened into the country to be part of his wife’s thanksgiving and success story but unknown to him, fate had a nasty surprise in stock for him.
At his demise, the birthday party was cancelled and all the drinks and food for the celebration will be used for his burial. This is indeed sad and ironic for the deceased’s family, and a worthy testament to the paradox called life.
Ojo Maduekwe slumped last Wednesday at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja. He was later confirmed dead at a private hospital where he was transported for treatment.
Maduekwe allegedly arrived the airport ill on board an international flight and slumped as he was being transported to the Turkish Hospital in the nation’s capital where he was confirmed dead.
The politician was the National Secretary of the Senator Makarfi-led faction of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and also Secretary of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT) until his demise.