Tinubu Mourns as Nigerian Ambassador to France Dies

Deji Elumoye and Michael Olugbode in Abuja 

President Bola Tinubu has expressed profound sadness over the demise of Nigeria’s Ambassador to France, Kayode Laro.

Laro’s death was yesterday announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, saying the ambassador died on Friday in Paris, France, after a protracted illness.

Consequently, in a statement by his Media Adviser,Ajuri Ngelale, the president extended his deepest condolences to Laro’s family, the diplomatic community, as well as the government and people of Kwara State.

Tinubu recognised Laro’s tireless dedication in fostering mutually-beneficial diplomatic ties between Nigeria and France during his tenure.

He noted his commitment to diplomacy and the impactful role he played in ensuring the success of Tinubu’s visit to France in June this year, which was the President’s first foreign trip following his assumption of office.

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Having devoted himself fully to his duties during 35 illustrious years in service as a Nigerian diplomat, from 1983 to 2018, the President remembered Laro’s 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.

Tinubu affirmed that the appointment of the 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.

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According to him, our nation has lost an exemplary diplomat. 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.

Tinubu prayed that God would continue to console Laro’s family, friends, and colleagues while granting eternal rest to the departed soul.

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