Friday, August 28, 2015

Ambassador Sanders Statement on Passing of Ambassador Adefuye- Nigeria's Ambassador to the United States

It is with shock and sadness that I heard of the passing of the Honorable Ambassador Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye earlier today (August 27, 2015), particularly since I had communicated with him on the evening of August 26.  He was well-respected throughout the United States, and particularly here in Washington D.C. for being a dynamic representative of his beloved nation -- The Federal Republic of Nigeria.

All of us who work on African and Nigerian issues here in the U.S. and in particular on Nigeria are still reeling from his sudden passing. He was known for his energy, effectiveness, and efforts to build long lasting bridges to ensure a strong U.S.-Nigeria bilateral relationship. He was a savvy diplomat on both US-Nigeria private sector and government-to-government issues. To that end, the current positive bilateral relationship building between our two nations today is in large measure due to his commitment and hard work. Americans considered him a friend of our nation, and as such, we, and myself in particular, send our heartfelt sympathies to his lovely wife and his children whom he loved deeply; to the entire Embassy staff; and, to the nation of Nigeria.  As his soul rests in peace with the ancestors may that provide some solace and peace to his beloved family at this most difficult time.  Sincerely Ambassador Robin Renee Sanders, CEO FEEEDS Advocacy Initiative, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria