Chief Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, a politician, elder statesman, and four-time Minister, has died.
According to reports, the Rivers lawmaker died on Monday at the age of 82 in a private hospital in Abuja.
He was married to Muriel and has 12 children and a large number of grandchildren.
Who was Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas?
Chief Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas (8 May 1939 – 25 April 2022) served in General Ibrahim Babangida’s government as Minister of Youth, Sports, and Culture and then Minister of Aviation. In the Olusegun Obasanjo government, he was named Minister of Labour and Productivity in 1999, then Minister of Tourism in 2000, before leaving office in January 2001. He remained a political power in Rivers State.
Graham-Douglas was born on May 8, 1939, in Abonnema, Rivers State, in the Akuku-Toru Local Government Area. He was of Ijaw descent. Nabo Bekinbo Graham-Douglas, his brother, was Nigeria’s first indigenous Attorney-General. He went to Lagos and Port Harcourt secondary schools. He attended Acton Technical School in London from 1963 to 1965 and then the University of Lagos from 1965 to 1969. He has a bachelor’s degree in botany and zoology.
From 1969 until 1977, he worked at the Nigerian Petroleum Refinery Company in Port Harcourt. From 1978 to 1985, he was the managing director of Togiscani Nigeria, a construction firm, and the CEO of Road Haulage Company and Magroad Enterprises. In addition, he served as chairman of Binterteco Nigeria, Pabod Finance and Investment, and Waterglass Boat Yard. Graham-Douglas was named Provincial Grand Master of the Calabar Freemason’s Lodge in 2000.
Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas cause of death
Graham-Douglas died on April 25, 2022, at the age of 82, according to his family.
They did not state his cause of death.
Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas funeral
The family of the late minister, are yet to announce the arrangement and every detail of his funeral in the next couple of days.