Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Lagos State Governor has lamented the death of Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States at a point he was expected to end his tenure as an envoy of the country.
In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Habib Aruna, on Saturday, the governor, described the late Adefuye as one of finest diplomats Nigeria had produced in recent times.
“It’s so sad Prof. Adebowale Adefuye’s death came at a time like this as a shock too many, especially when he was in the twilight of his tenure,” Ambode said.
Ambode recalled that Adefuye played a pivotal role in reviving the image of Nigeria and worked tirelessly to ensure that the nation was removed from the US terrorism watch list in the wake of the Boko Haram insurgency.
“We have lost a rare gem, a diplomat extraordinarie, who had served this nation meritoriously. Our prayer is that his soul will find repose in the bosom of our Lord.
“On behalf of the good people of Lagos State, I want to express our heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased, the people of Ogun State and Nigerians on this sad loss,” the governor added.
Adefuye, a professor of history, passed away on Thursday at a hospital in the United States at the age of 68.
The late Adefuye was born in Ijebu-Igbo in 1947 and studied at the University of Ibadan, where he earned his first degree in 1969 as well as a PhD in History in 1973.
By Patrick Aigbokhan