President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and immediate past President Muhammadu Buhari have expressed shock over the death of the Nigerian Ambassador to France, Kayode Laaro.
A statement today, August 12, by the Special Adviser to President Tinubu on media and publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, quoted President Tinubu as saying: “our nation has lost an exemplary diplomat.”
The President said that he was profoundly saddened by the news of the passing of Ambassador Kayode Laaro
Tinubu acknowledged Ambassador Laaro’s tireless dedication in fostering mutually-beneficial diplomatic ties between Nigeria and France during his tenure.
He said that the commitment of the deceased to diplomacy and the impactful role he played in ensuring the success of his visit to France in June this year, which was his first foreign trip after his assumption of office, was remarkable.
“Having devoted himself fully to his duties during 35 illustrious years in service as a Nigerian diplomat, spanning from 1983 to 2018,” President Tinubu said , adding that his profound grasp of geo-political intricacies and how he aptly harnessed his wealth of skill and experience in multilateral diplomacy to advance worldwide peace, security, and development will be remembered.
The President said that the appointment Laaro , a Fellow of the National Defence College as an Ambassador in July 2020 to represent Nigeria in France was in recognition of his widely respected expertise and dedication.
‘I will always hold cherished memories of my interactions with him during my attendance at the New Global Financial Pact Summit in France this June.
“His unwavering dedication and strong sense of duty left an indelible mark. May his legacy continue to inspire us to strive for a more harmonious and prosperous world.”
President Tinubu prayed that Almighty God will continue to console Ambassador Laaro’s family, friends, and colleagues while granting eternal rest to the departed soul.
Also, ex President Buhari condoled with the family of Ambassador Laaro, the government and people of Kwara State over the death of the Ambassador.
In a statement by his former Senior Special Assistant on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, Buhari described Ambassador Laaro as an outstanding public officer who believed in strong Nigeria-France relationship.
He said that the deceased diplomat left behind indelible marks on matters of governance and policy for which he will be remembered.
According to him, his term as ambassador marked an iconic moment in the relations between Nigeria and France.
Buhari prayed to Allah to rest his soul.