Senate President, Bukola Saraki has described the death of Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, as a monumental loss to Nigeria.
Saraki, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Sanni Onogu, in Abuja, on Sunday, expressed sadness over Adefuye’s death, noting that he passionately shaped and defended Nigeria’s international image in the U.S, until his last breath.
He commiserated with the Federal Government, the Government and people of Ogun State and the immediate family of the deceased over the sudden departure of the Nigerian envoy.
He said: “It is really sad that Adefuye waved us goodbye at a time his excellent services as a diplomat of repute are in dire need.
His passionate advocacy and defense of Nigeria contributed immensely to Nigeria being declassified as “a country of interest” in America’s terrorism watch list following the Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab’s underwear bombing saga.
“We have lost an international defender. We have lost a strong voice at the international arena. However, it is inspiring that he died while rendering exemplary services to the fatherland.
“On behalf of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I salute late Adefuye for a life of remarkable achievements as an academic and diplomat. He fought a good fight and acquitted himself valiantly. I am so proud that he was an epitome of the true Nigerian spirit, but also very sad that he left us suddenly,” he added.
Saraki prayed God to grant the soul of the deceased a peaceful rest and his family the grace to bear the irreparable loss.