A former United States ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, is dead.
A family statement signed by his Nigerian wife, Arese Carrington, said Mr Carrington died on Tuesday. She did not state the cause of his death.
“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,” the statement read.
Mrs Carrington described the late diplomat as a loving husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, friend and in-law.
“Ralph Waldo Emerson said…It is not the length of life but the depth of life.
“Walter was fortunate, his life had both length and depth,” she said in the statement.
About the late diplomat
Mr Carrington, who celebrated his 90th birthday a fortnight ago, served as the United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Senegal and Nigeria.
He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Senegal from 1980 to 1981 and was later appointed by former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, in 1993 as the ambassador to Nigeria, where he remained until 1997.
His Exploits During NADECO Days
Mr. Carrington was a pillar of support during the hey days of National Democratic Coalition, NADECO, to actualise the mandate given to late Mashood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola.
He gave his support to the CSOs that he was branded NADECO Ambassador by the late head of state, Gen. Sani Abacha.
Mr Carrington will be sorely missed by the human rights community and lovers of democratic ideals all over the world.
In recognition of his support, the street that housed US foreign mission in Lagos formerly Eleke Crescent, was renamed after him as Walter Carrington Crescent.
May his soul rest in peace.