Nigerian former Minister of Foreign affairs, Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji, has died. Oluyemi Adeniji died in London on Sunday at the age of 83. The National President of the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria(ARCAN) Amb. Dapo Fafowora made this known, in a statement released yesterday, he said the former diplomat died on Sunday, November 26th. Amb. Dapo did not state what led to his death. Read what he said below:
“I have received with sadness, the news of the death of Amb. Olu Adeniji in London last Sunday. Amb. Adeniji was an iconic figure in the foreign service rising to the position of a permanent secretary and later foreign minister.”
Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji who was born on July 22nd 1934 in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State is a career diplomat who began his sojourn in July 1960, he rose through the ranks in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for five years he was the Special Representative of the United Nations General Secretary with the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL). Adeniji served in Nigerian embassies in Washington, D.C., Freetown and Accra, Ghana. He later retired from service in the year 1991 after serving as the Director-General of the Ministry of foreign affairs. Finally, for five years, he was the Nigerian Ambassador to France. The former President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed him Foreign Affairs Minister where he served between July 2003 and June 2006 till when he was moved to head the Ministry of Internal Affairs.