“He was our pathfinder, our torch bearer, he brought us up the best way anybody can mentor people. I’m totally confused about his death”.
Ogun State foremost politician and a former Minister of State for Finance Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye is dead.
Martin-Kuye, who was also a Minister of Commerce and Industry from Ogun East Senatorial District, Ogun State died on Sunday at the age of 78 in his residence at Victoria Garden City, Lagos.
The Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State born politician was appointed as Minister of Commerce and Industry on April 6, 2010, when Acting President Goodluck Jonathan, announced his cabinet.
The late Martins-Kuye was born on August 1942 in Ago Iwoye, Ijebu constituency of Ogun State. He studied sociology at the University of Ibadan (1965-1968) and then Economics at the Harvard University Business School, graduating in 1983. He gained qualifications as a Chartered Accountant.
Martins-Kuye was a member of the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He was a Senator in the Nigerian Third Republic.
Martins-Kuye became a member of the United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) towards the end of the Sani Abacha regime. He was a candidate on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) platform for governor of Ogun State in 1999.
He was appointed Minister of State for Finance in June 1999 during the first term of President Olusegun Obasanjo, serving until June 2003.
In July 2002, as Minister of Finance, he announced that Nigeria’s GDP had grown by 4 percent annually by the World Bank’s estimate, the highest rate for ten years.
Confirming his death, one of his children, simply identified as Bolaji said, “I can confirm to you that he (Martins-Kuye) passed on about 10:05 this (Sunday) morning. I can say old age.
“We thank God for the life of impact. It was a painful loss to us, but, we give glory to God for the impactful life that he lived while he was alive because he touched the lives of many people.
“He died at 78 in his residence at Victoria Garden City, Lagos.
“We are about to convey his remains to his hometown where he would be hopefully interred by 4:pm according to Islamic rites”.
Meanwhile, the Senator representing Ogun East Senatorial District, Senator Lekan Mustapha expressed shock over Martin-Kuye’s death, describing it as a great loss to Ogun State and Nigeria in general.
Mustapha while speaking to Uhuru Times said, “It is a very big blow to me as a person because we were praying and hoping that he will still go around with us for some time.