Chairman of NAN, Wada Maida, Dies at 70


Peter Uzoho

Barely five months after he clocked 70 years on March 5, the former Chief Press Secretary to President Muhammadu Buhari when he was the Head of State in 1984, Malam Wada Maida, is dead.

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).

Maida, who was in his office yesterday and did not show any sign of sickness was said to have slumped last night.
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.

Buhari had in a congratulatory message to Maida when he clocked 70 years in March this year, noted with delight his quintessential humility, sincerity and forthrightness for an upwardly mobile career.

The president had also affirmed that, as the Chairman of Board of Directors of NAN and member of the Executive Board of IPI, Maida’s contribution to the growth of journalism in the country remains commendable, especially his foray into publishing.
He believed that Maida’s patriotism, dedication, and commitment to peace and unity of the country, through his chosen profession, would always be remembered.