By Chinenye Festus:-
Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor, is dead. His death was confirmed in a statement on Friday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Garba Shehu.
The 85-year-old diplomat was said to have died on Thursday night at a hospital in Maryland in the U.S. He hailed from Imo state.
Nsofor, who assumed office as the ambassador to the US on November 13, 2017, succeeded Professor Adebowale Adefuye who also died towards the end of his tenure.
According to Mr. Shehu, President Buhari has commiserated with the family of the late Nsofor including his widow Mrs. Jane and sympathised with her over the loss of her husband.
President Buhari described Ambassador Nsofor as “an outstanding judge of rare courage and truth who is not afraid to give justice to whom justice is due, citing the 2003 presidential election during which Justice Nsofor delivered a minority judgment as a member of the Election Appeal Panel in favor of Buhari as the candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the President said the country would miss people with such exemplary pedigree.
The President, therefore, directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with Justice Nsofor’s family on the burial arrangements, as he prays that God Almighty gives them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
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