The death of Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu, CON, (Walin Sokoto), marks the departure of one of Nigeria’s most widely respected and valuable public officers who over the last sixty years, made his mark in both public and private sectors, at home and abroad.
The immediate past chairman of the MTN Foundation (MTNF), Ahmadu was an accomplished diplomat who distinguished himself in all his endeavours.
He served as Personal Secretary to two Nigerian leaders – General Aguiyi Ironsi and General Yakubu Gowon. He also served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Germany, France and the former USSR (Union of Soviet Specialist Republics).
Following his retirement from service, Ambassador Ahmadu served Nigeria in several other capacities. He held the position of the first Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka from 1991-2002. He was the Chairman of A.G Leventis (Nigeria) Plc; Chairman, Board of Directors of International Trust Bank Plc (1992-2006); Chairman, Board of Governors of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto; Member Advisory Committee on National Honours and Awards; Leader of the Sokoto State Delegation to the National Political Reform Conference 2005; Member, Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) on International Relations; Member, Board of NCR Plc and SGS; Council Member, Royal Commonwealth Society of London.
Under his inspired leadership as the pioneering chairman of the MTN Foundation, the Foundation achieved great success. It was during his 10-year tenure as Chairman that the Foundation successfully rolled out different projects across the 36 states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Speaking on the demise of Ambassador Hamzat Ahmadu, MTN Executive and Director of the MTN Foundation, Mrs Amina Oyagbola, described Ahmadu as a truly passionate Nigerian whose invaluable contributions to issues of national interest will be greatly missed.
“We condole with the family and pray for the fortitude to bear this great loss. We appreciate his immense contributions towards the growth of the MTN Foundation and its reputation today, for sustainable, wide-impact initiatives which continue to transform the communities in which we operate. Ambassador Ahmadu’s wisdom, foresight and guidance were incredible and we are honoured to have had him as the pioneering chairman of the Foundation,” Oyagbola said.
Describing Ahmadu as objective and principled in thought and approach, the Executive Secretary MTN Foundation, Ms. Nonny Ugboma said: “We will miss this special member of the MTN Foundation family who stood tall in his desire to improve the standard of living of Nigerians and indeed contribute his quota to the cause of humanity at large.
When it came to approving projects for the Foundation, he did everything possible to ensure that the approval process is fast tracked and that beneficiaries experienced the relief for which the project was designed. You could always see the satisfaction he gained from knowing that the quality of life for many would improve because of the various interventions in Health, Education and Economic Empowerment”.
Ambassador Ahmadu died in Lagos at the age of 92 and has since been laid to rest in his home-town, Gwadabawa in Sokoto State according to Muslim rites.