The former United States ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, has passed away.

Arese Carrington, his wife announced his death saying the ex-envoy “passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90 years old on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020.”

“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 US Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal.

“Walter was a loving husband, father, grandfather, cousin, uncle, friend and in-law.

“Ralph Waldo Emerson said…It is not the length of life but the depth of life. Walter was fortunate; his life had both length and depth,” Arese Carrington said.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement released by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, described the late Carrington as a “long time friend of Nigeria and an astute and courageous diplomat.”

Shehu also said the President praised the late ambassador, saying the story of the Nigerian democracy under the Fourth Republic would not have been complete without the mention of the heroic role of former US Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington.