Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. (Mrs.) NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, has commiserated with Nigeria and particularly the family of the country’s late Ambassador to the United States, the late Ambassador Adebowale Adefuye, who passed on last week.
The former Minister who received the news with great sadness, relayed how friendly the Ambassador was. “I received the news of the passing of Ambassador Ade Adefuye with great sadness. He and my husband developed a warm friendship in Washington,” she said, adding that, “He was a very dedicated and hardworking man who represented the country with sterling patriotism and passion. Ambassador Adefuye was much respected in the diplomatic community for his strong intellect and deep knowledge of Nigeria and Africa.”
Expressing his hard work and immense contribution to national development and diplomacy, Okonjo-Iweala said, “I interacted closely with him in the course of my job as Minister of Finance and I saw firsthand his dedication to the task of helping diplomats and investors understand Nigeria and appreciate the country’s many positives. He participated robustly in many sessions with investors especially on infrastructure and agriculture financing.”
According to the grieving ex-Minister, who spoke in Abuja, “Adefuye was always ever ready to speak up and defend the country whenever necessary. But he also had a great sense of humour and, during tense moments, Ambassador Adefuye could be counted upon to say something to relieve the stress.”
“He was strong family man, he took great pride in his wife and children who always stood by him and gave him strength. Our thoughts are with the Adefuye family at this difficult time and we pray that the memory of his worthy life would comfort and strengthen them in their grief. Adieu Ambassador,” she said.
*Story by Dayo Emmanuel