Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States, Ade Adefuye, is dead.
Mr Ade Adefuye, Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States is dead. He died in an undisclosed hospital in Washington, DC.
Mr Ade Adefuye hailed from Ijebu-Igbo in 1947, and studied at the University of Ibadan where he earned his first degree in 1969 as well as a PhD in history in 1973. He also received a Fulbright Fellowship that enabled him to do research work at Columbia University, the University of North Florida, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Ambassador Adefuye, who wrote several history texts. He taught at the University of Lagos, earned a professorship and headed the History Department 1985 to 1987.
A former professor of history, Mr. Adefuye was in 2010 appointed by former President Goodluck Jonathan as Nigeria’s ambassador in the US. An outspoken person and fierce defender of Nigeria, the deceased diplomat tackled critics of Nigeria in the US. He vociferously lobbied against Nigeria’s classification as “a country of interest” in America’s terrorism watch list.
Before his appointment as Nigeria’s ambassador to the United States, he served as his country’s ambassador to Jamaica from 1987 to 1991.
He was recalled to Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as President. He was still waiting to hand over to a new ambassador when he suddenly died today.