Prof. Ade Adefuye, Nigeria’s Ambassador to the US, has died at the age of 68.
According to embassy sources, Adefuye died on Thursday evening in a hospital in Washington Dc, where he went for routine medical attention.
Adefuye, an erudite professor of history, was appointed in March 2010 as Head of the Nigerian mission in the U.S. by former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The deceased Ambassador, who was actively involved in official activities during the recent visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the US, was responsible for the dogged persuasion of the US to declassify Nigeria from its terrorist watch list.
Prior to his appointment, Nigeria was placed on the list following the Dec. 25 attempt by a Nigerian national, Umar Abdulmutallab, to blow up a Detroit-bound Northwestern Airline while on board from Amsterdam.
Adefuye also doggedly fought to persuade the the U.S. government to sell arms to Nigeria in the war against Boko Haram when the US refused the deal with former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Born in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State in 1947, Adefuye attended the University of Ibadan, where he bagged his first degree in history in 1969.
The late diplomat did further studies at the Columbia University, New York, the University of North Florida, and the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Adefuye, who was also a Fulbright Scholar, had previously served as Nigeria’s Ambassador to Jamaica, and Deputy High Commissioner in the U.K., and was due to return to the country soon.