Former Nigerian senator and Ex- Finance minister Jubril Martins-Kuye is dead.
Mr. Martins-Kuye passed on on Sunday morning in his hometown, Ago-Iwoye, at aged 78.
Mr. Martins-Kuye was trained as a chartered accountant, practicing for several years in Lagos and oversees before moving to politics where he brought his conservative bonafides to bear.
Mr. Kuye was elected Nigerian Senate in the truncated Third Republic. When democracy returned in 1999, he contested for governor as PDP candidate which wasn’t successful against Chief Olusegun Osoba in Ogun State. He was later appointed minister of state for finance by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, and was retained until 2003.
Between 2010 and 2011, former President Goodluck Jonathan appointed Mr. Martins-Kuye as his commerce and industry minister while completing President Umar Yar-Adua tenure.
He was also Aare Musilumi of Ogun State for several decades. He worked across Nigeria’s political and ideological spectrum and sought alliances between the north and the south.
Mr. Martins-Kuye will be buried shortly after 4:00 p.m. based on Islamic rites in his sprawling country home in Ago-Iwoye, family sources told the Gazette without elaborating on the ailments that preceded his demise.
He left behind his two wives and children.