Sylvanus Nsofor, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States is dead.
The 85-year-old diplomat passed away on Thursday at a hospital in Maryland in the US.
A native of Imo state, Nsofor’s appointment in 2017 sparked off controversy owing to his age.
Mr Nsofor is a lawyer and also a retired justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
His death was confirmed in a press release from the presidency.
In the statement, President Muhammadu Buhari “expressed heartfelt commiserations with the family, friends and associates of Nigeria’s Out-going Ambassador to the United States, Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor over his demise.”
Read the full statement from the presidency below.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed heartfelt commiserations with the family, friends and associates of Nigeria’s Out-going Ambassador to the United States, Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor over his demise.
In a telephone call to Jane, the widow of the retired justice in New York on Friday, the President described Amb. Nsofor as “an outstanding judge of rare courage and truth who is not afraid to give justice to whom justice is due.”
Apparently referring to the 2003 presidential election during which Justice Nsofor delivered a minority judgment as a member of the Election Appeal Panel in favour of Gen. Buhari as candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the President said the country will miss people with such exemplary pedigree.
President Buhari, who has directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with Justice Nsofor’s family on the burial arrangements, prayed God to comfort all who mourn the departed jurist and grant his soul eternal rest.