Malam Wada Maida, Chairman, Board of Directors of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), is dead.
A member of his family, Lawal Sale Maida, said Maida died in Abuja on Monday. He was aged 70.
He was not ill when he died Monday night. He went to the office as usual in Abuja after returning from Katsina. He signed checks for his newspaper People’s Daily and didn’t betray any sign of illness.
He just slumped on his chair, while at home at about 8pm.
His family thought he was sleeping. By the time they found out otherwise, it was already too late. He was rushed to the hospital, but doctors certified him dead on arrival.
On Sunday, he travelled to Katsina to see his family and returned to Abuja early on Monday.
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 on 1 January 1984.