Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has mourned the death of the former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington.
Naija News had earlier reported that Carrington was confirmed dead by his wife, Arese, on Wednesday.
It was reported that the 90-year-old reportedly died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones on Tuesday.
Obaseki, in a message to Arese Carrington, expressed sadness over the passing of a great patriot and lover of democracy.
“As an ambassador, he stood in defense of democracy and showed uncommon hope and faith in Africa, particularly Nigeria, providing the much needed help when the country navigated some of its most difficult moments in history,” he said.
“We also celebrate his contributions to nurturing democracy as a basis for the transformation of our great country, Nigeria,” he added.
“Well-travelled across Nigeria since the 1960s, Ambassador Carrington immersed himself in Nigeria and took our people as his. He remains one of the finest people who lived among us and will be remembered for his noble contributions to our development as a country.
“I send heartfelt condolences to my dear cousin, Arese Carrington and the family and pray that God grants them the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” Obaseki added.