President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the demise of former United States Ambassador to Nigeria; Walter Carrington.
President Buhari, described him as a “long-time friend of Nigeria and an astute and courageous diplomat.”
Buhari made this disclosure via a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity; Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The president, in a tribute, praised the late ambassador whom he said “openly supported the people of this country; when they fought for the return of democracy following the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential elections; won by the late Moshood Abiola.”
He acknowledged Carrington’s contribution to Nigeria’s Fourth Republic.
He said: ‘‘The story of the Nigerian democracy under the Fourth Republic will not be complete; without a mention of the heroic roles of the likes of Ambassador Carrington.’’
Walter Carrington’s death was made public through a statement by his Nigerian wife, Arese Carrington.
Mr Carrington died on Tuesday according to Arese who did not disclose the cause of his death.
“It is with a heavy and broken heart but with gratitude to God for his life of selfless humanity that I announce the passing of my beloved husband Walter Carrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal.
“He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90 years old on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020. Further announcements will be made shortly,” the statement read.
“Walter was fortunate, his life had both length and depth,” she said in the statement.
Mr Carrington, who celebrated his 90th birthday a fortnight ago, served as the United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to SEnagal and Nigeria.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from 1980 to 1981 and was later appointed by former United States President, Bill Clinton, in 1993 as the ambassador to Nigeria, where he remained until 1997.