Olugbenga Ashiru, Nigerian Former Foreign Minister Dead

Olugbenga-Ashiru-Foreign_minister-nigeriaNigeria’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru has died at the age of 66
He died in an unspecified South African hospital, Saturday.

THISDAY gathered that Ashiru has been in intensive care with brain related complications following a near crippling stroke.

Appointed Foreign Minister by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, Ashiru had the onerous task of selling Nigeria’s economic diplomacy thrust to the world at the time increasing attacks by the Boko Haram sect dented the country’s image.

He was outspoken in defending Nigeria as the latter came under pressure from some members of the international community for legislation against same sex marriage.

A career diplomat, Ashiru at the helm of affairs of the ministry had laid the needed groundwork which led to the election of Nigeria as a non permanent member of the UN security seat in 2013.

He was unexpectedly removed in August 2013, sources say, for his closeness to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who President Jonathan had fallen out with.

A graduate of the University of Lagos, he was one time Nigeria’s High Commissioner to South Africa.

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