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Veteran Nigerian diplomat and foreign minister, MT Mbu passes on at 82

Chief Matthew Tawo Mbu aged 82, is dead. A statement from the family last night explained that he died in a London hospital.

Mbu, born on November 20, 1929 was a lawyer, politician and diplomat. Born in Okonde, Cross River State, he was at various times Nigerian ambassador to the United States, Minister of External Affairs, Minister of Defence for Naval Affairs and Minister of Labour.

He received his early education at Okonde Primary School from 1937 to 1940; the Kakwagon Seminary School between 1941 and 1943, before proceeding to Middle Temple and University College, London, from 1955 to 1959, where he received the first and second degrees in law. He was subsequently called to the Bar, Middle Temple.              .

A member of the NCNC in the First Republic and Nigeria People’s Party (NPP) in the Second Republic, Mbu was a member of the Zikist Movement. He was appointed Chairman, Eastern Nigeria Public Service Commission in 1967, and became member, Constituent Assembly from 1977 to 1978. He was the first national vice-chairman of the NPP from 1979 to 1981.                .

He also represented Nigeria as an ambassador to Germany and served as the Pro-Chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-Ife.

Mbu was a prominent member of the South-South Peoples Assembly, (SSPA), an organisation that promotes the interests of the people of the zone.




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