President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, as a patriot whose contributions to the interest of Nigeria were considerable.
In a statement issued on Sunday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the president said he was shocked by the death of the diplomat.
The president, who spoke on telephone on Saturday with the wife of the late envoy, who is still in the United States, recalled that the late Adefuye had contributed immensely to making his first official engagement in the United States of America fruitful and successful.
He noted that the Ambassador was in attendance at all his engagements during the July official visit to the U.S. President Buhari maintained that he was proud to encounter such an ardently patriotic diplomat, who put higher national interest above partisan loyalty.
He called on Nigerian leaders to emulate his fine virtues. The president prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest in peace, and give his family the fortitude to bear the great and irreparable loss of a noted public officer.