Buhari mourns as Nigerian Ambassador to US dies at 85

President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday expressed sadness over the death of outgoing Ambassador to the United States of America (USA), Justice Sylvanus Adiewere Nsofor.

Eighty-five year old Nsofor passed away at a hospital in Maryland, Washington DC on Thursday.

Buhari commiserated on the phone with Jane, the widow of the retired justice in New York yesterday, describing the deceased 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.

Buhari, according to his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with Justice Nsofor’s family on the burial arrangements.

He prayed God to comfort all who mourn the departed jurist and grant his soul eternal rest.

Born in Oguta, Imo State, Nsofor became the country’s ambassador to the US on November 13, 2017, following the death of his predecessor Prof. Adebowale Adefuye, who also died towards the end of his tenure.

Nsofor, who retired as a Justice from the Court of Appeal after 13 years (in 2005), graduated from London’s now-defunct Holborn College of Law in 1962.

He also got an LL.M from the London School of Economics in 1964.

The late envoy began teaching at Holborn College of Law in 1964 and later went into private practice the following year.

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