President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Professor Adebowale Adefuye, 68, as a patriot whose contributions to the interest of Nigeria are considerable.
Adefuye, a professor of History, passed away on Thursday at a hospital in Washington DC, United States.
Mallam Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in a statement quoted the President as saying he was shocked by the death of the distinguished diplomat.
Buhari, who spoke on telephone on Saturday with the wife of the late envoy, Mrs Catherine Shola Adefuye, who is still in the United States, recalled that the late Adefuye had contributed immensely to making his official engagement in the United States of America fruitful and successful.
The President said Adefuye was in attendance at all his engagements during the July official visit to the U.S.
Buhari explained that he was proud to encounter such an ardently patriotic diplomat, who put higher national interest above partisan loyalty and that his fine virtues should be emulated by other Nigerian leaders.