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Nigerian ambassador to U.S. Sylvanus Nsofor dies; Buhari mourns

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been directed to coordinate the burial of the retired Supreme Court justice.

• December 12, 2020
Ambassador to the United States, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor
Ambassador to the United States, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor. [CREDIT: CHannels TV]

President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family, friends and associates of Nigeria’s out-going Ambassador to the United States, Justice Sylvanus Nsofor, following his demise.

In a telephone call to Jane, the widow of the retired justice in New York on Friday, the president described Mr. Nsofor as “an outstanding judge of rare courage and truth who is not afraid to give justice to whom justice is due.”

Mr. Buhari was apparently referring to the 2003 presidential election during which Mr. Nsofor, as a member of the election appeal panel, delivered a minority judgment in his favour.

The president, who was the candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, said the country would miss people with such exemplary pedigree.

Mr. Buhari, who directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to work with Mr. Nsofor’s family on the burial arrangements, prayed to God to comfort all those mourning the departed jurist and grant his soul eternal rest.


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