Abuja - Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, has expressed his heartfelt condolences to the family, government and people of Ogun State on the passage of former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Olugbenga Ashiru.
Ashiru died last Saturday at a South African hospital where he had reportedly been hospitalised for three months.
He was 66 years old.
Fashola expressed shock and sadness in a condolence statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Hakeem Bello.
Also Read:APC denies insulting Jonathan
He recalled that the career diplomat was credited with revitalizing Nigeria’s presence in international diplomacy in the post-Olusegun Obasanjo era and played a key role in the nation’s diplomatic initiatives within and outside the continent.
The governor noted that before being appointed Foreign Minister, Ashiru had established himself in the diplomatic circle serving as third secretary in the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1972, Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea in 1991 and Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa with concurrent accreditation to Lesotho and Swaziland in 2005.
He said the diplomat passed on at a time when Nigeria "needed men of high integrity to put the country in the front burner of international reckoning" and enjoined the Government and people of Ogun State, especially the immediate family and relations of the deceased, to take solace in the rich legacy of untainted national service which he left behind.
- CAJ News