- A former US ambassador who is very popular among Nigerians, Walter Carrington, has died
- Carrington died on Tuesday at the age of 90, according to a statement by his Nigerian wife
- President Buhari has released a statement mourning the late ambassador whom he described as a long time friend of Nigeria
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Walter Carrington, a former United States ambassador to Nigeria, has been reported dead, according to Premium Times.
The newspaper reports that a family statement signed by his Nigerian wife, Arese Carrington, said the former ambassador died on Tuesday, August 11, at the age of 90.
The statement read: “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.”
Legit.ng gathers that Carrington served as the United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Senegal and Nigeria.
He served as the US Ambassador to Senegal from 1980 to 1981 and was later appointed in 1993 as the ambassador to Nigeria, where he remained until 1997.
The diplomat has deep ties with Nigeria. He married into a Nigerian family and had lived in three Nigerian cities since the late 1960s.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to Carrington's death, describing him as a long time friend of Nigeria.
The president praised the late ambassador, saying he openly supported Nigerians when they fought for the return of democracy following the annulment of the June 12, 1993 elections.
He said Nigeria's story will be incomplete without a mention of the heroic roles of the likes of Ambassador Carrington.
The president commiserated with the family of the deceased and the government and people of the United States over the loss.
In other news, the government of the United States has handed over 200 ventilators to Nigeria as part of its effort to help the country wage war against the Covid-19 crisis.
Presenting the ventilators on Tuesday, August 11, in Abuja, US ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Bert Leonard, said America is committed to helping African countries defeat the global pandemic.
Legit.ng gathers that the machines were handed to the Premier Medical Warehouse in the nation’s capital, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.
The good gesture is coming barely two months after President Donald Trump promised to help Nigeria with ventilating machines.
Recall that the federal government on Thursday, April 2, drew to itself a whirlpool of criticism after taking to the micro-blogging platform Twitter to beg the founder of Tesla Inc, an electronic company, for ventilators.
Elon Musk, a South African-American billionaire who is the founder of Tesla, had earlier tweeted on Tuesday, March 31, that there were FDA-approved ventilators to be distributed free to countries hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
Responding to the tweet, the federal government through the official handle of the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning begged Musk for ventilators, adding that the country was in need of about 100-150 of the ventilation-producing devices.
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