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Gbenga Ashiru Is Dead: Cancerous Brain Tumour Killed Ex-Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister In South Africa

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Nov 30, 2014 – Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru Is Dead: Brain Cancer (Tumour) Killed Ex-Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister In South African Hospital

A former Minister in President Jonathan’s Administration has passed away.

Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru, the former Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister gave up the ghost yesterday at  a private Hospital in South Africa after a longtime secret battle with cancerous brain tumour.

He passed yesterday around 5:55pm at age 66.

The brother of the deceased, Professor Dapo Ashiru who confirmed the death said  “He had been ill for some time. We still don’t know why he had the problem (illness), probably due to frequent exposure to sunlight or frequent use of telephone.

“He recovered after a procedure and I was with him in South Africa in November 2013. He was full of energy and was raising fund for his church in Victoria Island. He was looking forward to getting back (to Nigeria).

“I told him that he would still be of use to the country in a different capacity. He was supposed to write his memoir when he gets back. Unfortunately, he had a relapse.

His family spent Christmas with him in South Africa and just a day before the date he planned to come back, he had a relapse.”

What a loss!

May his gentle soul rest in peace (amen)



  1. Lodiba Oyatomi

    November 30, 2014 at 6:16 AM

    Rest on sir this life is too short.

  2. Akin's.

    November 30, 2014 at 8:16 AM

    May your soul rest in peace

  3. Mojisola

    November 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    The deaths of many could be traced to the criminal negligence of the nation’s regulatory agencies that have abandoned their mandate and are now offering their services to the highest bidders, those they are meant to regulate inclusive.

    NCC and NESREA come to mind here. The rates at which the indiscriminate location of telecom masts/cell towers in the country are allowed is terrible and it’s not far fetched that the deaths by cancer and related causes have skyrocketed since the proliferation of cell towers began.

    We know some of the ‘big’ names who have been felled by cancer in their prime: Alao Arisekola, Dora Akunliyi, Maryam Babangida, Justice Ayo of Lagos State Judiciary, former Ekiti State Deputy Governor Funmilayo Olayinka, Gani Fawehinmi, Patrick Aziza, Oluremi Oyo, et.c. and now Olugbenga Ashiru.

    How about the unknown millions who are dying by the minutes due to this obvious criminal neglect?

    Well, maybe there’s hope with the current signals emanating from NESREA

    But the huge step could only be taken by NCC and its Federal Government, just for both to obey the law:

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