He served under Buhari when he was the Head of State in 1984
Until his death, Maida was a member of the Executive Board of International Press Institute (IPI) and the Chairman of Board of Directors of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Maida, who was in his office yesterday and did not show any sign of sickness was said to have slumped last night.
He studied at Government College, Katsina, 1964-1968; Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), 1971; Indiana Institute of Mass Communication, 1972-1975; and Aberdeen College of Commerce, UK, 1975-1977.
Wada Maida was appointed information officer, Kaduna State, 1971-1978; zonal editor, 1978-1981; Foreign Correspondent, NAN, in-charge of Western Europe, London, 1981-1983; and Chief Press Secretary to Buhari when he was the Head of State from 1984-1985.
He was Editor-in-Chief, NAN, 1985-1994, and Managing Director in 1994.
He was a member of several organisations, including the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE), Vision 2010, Foreign Press Association, London, and Amnesty International, and co-founder of Daily Trust, among others.
Buhari had in a congratulatory message to Maida when he clocked 70 years in March this year, noted with delight his quintessential humility, sincerity and forthrightness for an upwardly mobile career.