Former United States ambassador to Senegal from 1980 to 1981 and was later appointed by former U.S. President, Bill Clinton, in 1993 as the ambassador to Nigeria, where he remained until 1997. to Nigeria, Walter Carrington died on Tuesday at 90.
Mr Carrington, who celebrated his 90th birthday a fortnight ago, served as the United States Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Senegal and Nigeria.
The late diplomat, who was married to a Nigerian-born medical doctor, Arese, was appointed US ambassador to Nigeria by President Bill Clinton during the military era. He supported the struggle for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria.
A statement signed by his Nigerian wife, Arese Carrington, said
“It is with a heavy and broken heart but with gratitude to God for his life of selfless humanity that I announce the passing of my beloved husband Walter Carrington, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal.
“He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90 years old on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020. Further announcements will be made shortly,” the statement read.
Mrs Carrington described the late diplomat as a loving husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, friend and in-law.