President Muhammadu Buhari has described the late Nigerian Ambassador to the United States as a patriot whose contributions to the interest of Nigeria were considerable.

In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, President Buhari said he was shocked by the death of the diplomat.

President Buhari, who spoke on telephone on Saturday with the wife of the late envoy, who is still in the United States, recalled that the late Ambassador Adefuye had contributed immensely to making his official engagement in the United States of America fruitful and successful

According to the President, Mr. Adefuye was in attendance at all his engagements during the July official visit to the U.S.

President Buhari explained that he was proud to encounter such an ardently patriotic diplomat, who put higher national interest above partisan loyalty, and that his fine virtues should be emulated by other Nigerian leaders.

He prayed to God to grant the deceased eternal rest in peace, and give his family the fortitude to bear this great and irreparable loss of a noted public officer.