Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have described as a rude shock, the death of Nigerian Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, saying his demise has left a vacuum in the nation’s diplomatic corps.
The Governors under the aegis of PDP Governors’ Forum, also expressed their condolences to the Federal Government and the late Ambassador’s family.
A statement by Chairman of the Forum, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, on Friday in Abuja, read, “The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Governors Forum, has expressed its condolences to the Federal Government and family of Amb. Adebowale Adefuye, Nigerian Ambassador to the United States”.
Amb. Adefuye reportedly died on Thursday at an undisclosed hospital in Washington DC.
“The death of Adefuye was a rude shock and has left a huge vacuum in the country’s diplomatic corps”, the PDP Governors added.
The statement, which was signed by Coordinator of the PDP Governors Forum, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, said the forum was saddened by the demise of the veteran diplomat, while describing him as a consummate envoy whose patriotism and commitment to Nigeria’s global image was never in doubt.
He said, “The PDP Governors Forum condoles with President Muhammadu Buhari, the family of the late Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye as well as the people of Ogun State over the loss, while praying God to grant the departed eternal rest”.