Max Gbanite: Exit of an icon.

Nigeria’s foremost strategic security consultant, Max Gbanite will be buried on the 6th of October, Oblong Media can report.

The Harvard trained security expert died on Monday, August 14 in New Jersey, northeastern United States.

Gbanite who until his death, was the President/CEO of Milliken-Hill Group, Ltd., a United States, registered company with Offices in New Jersey, and a subsidiary, Milliken-Hill International, Ltd., in Nigeria, assisted the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC), on advisory capacity, in its collaboration with the United States Small Business Administration (USSBA) in organizing the first investment promotion seminar held at the then World Trade Center in 2000.

As a committee member on International Trade with the Metro Newark, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce, which has since changed its name to Regional Business Partnership, Gbanite developed an entire academic curriculum of courses for the chamber of Commerce to partner with Essex County College, Newark, New Jersey, with a concept for capacity building, and educate small, medium, and large-scale corporations operating within Essex County vicinage on the concept and operations of International Trade; with emphasis on the promotion of exporting products made in the US, while creating awareness to the inner-city minority business owners.

The courses developed were: Introduction to International Trade, Import-Export Techniques, and International Terms of Payment & Financing, Letters of Credit, and International Transportation & Shipping.

In 1984, Gbanite assisted members of President Regan’s Task Force to develop the ‘807’ Caribbean initiatives which enable the Republic of China to assemble textile apparels cut in China, in the Caribbean nations, to provide jobs for the people of the Island; and was instrumental in the development of theory of ‘constructive engagement for Africa’ on matters affecting Angola.

Similarly, in 1989 he was selected by the then US Senator Don Rickels to assist members of President George Bush Sr. Task force on North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), to develop a workable and lasting program to assist Latin American nations economy.

In 2015 while appearing on Channels Television’s breakfast program, Sunrise Daily, Gbanite alleged that allowing the implementation of Sharia Law in some parts of the north during the Olusegun Obasanjo regime, led to the development of Islamic sect, Boko-Haram that are now staging insurgency against the Nigerian government.

“He (Obasanjo) allowed Sharia to take effect because of an alleged unholy alliance between the then Governor of Zamfara state, because they did not want the then National Security Adviser (NSA) to have a role in government, therefore he called a political Sharia,” Gbanite had said.

Before his death on Monday, Gbanite was a member of New York Academy of Science; East Orange Rotary, New Jersey; and New Jersey World Trade Organization.

Gbanite was an alma mater of the prestigious College of the immaculate conception (CIC) Enugu. He had his Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration; Management, and a minor in Political Science, from New Jersey City University in 1982. In 1986 he bagged his Masters in Business Administration (MBA), Marketing/Management from Warner College, Staten-Island, New York.

Gbanite got his Postgraduate Certificate on Negotiation & Arbitration for Senior Executives from Harvard-M.I.T.-Tuft University, Boston in 1996.

He will be laid to rest at the Gbanite family home in Ogbunagu Iwollo in Ezeagu LGA Enugu State.

May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. We pray that the Lord God almighty gives his family the fortitude to bear his untimely loss.

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