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Ex-Minister dies at 83



A one-time Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister, Ambassador Oluyemi Adeniji is dead. He was aged 83.

He was appointed Foreign Affairs Minister by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo and he served between July 2003 and June 2006, when he headed the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

National President of the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN) Amb. Dapo Fafowora, who announced the ex-minister’s demise, said, “I have received with sadness, the news of the death of Amb. Olu Adeniji in London last Sunday.

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“Amb. Adeniji was an iconic figure in the foreign service rising to the position of a permanent secretary and later foreign minister.”

He was appointed the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Representative for Sierra Leone and Head of the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL).

He was also the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic (MINURCA).

For five years, he was Nigerian Ambassador to France.

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