The Nigerian Ambassador to Cote d’Ivoire, Ibrahim Isah, is dead after a protracted illness.
Isah passed on Tuesday in Abidjan.
The late Isah, from Niger State, joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in 1983.’
He served at the Nigerian High Commission in Sierra Leone, Consulate-General in New York, Jeddah and at the Embassy in China.
He was the Chargé d’Affaires of the Nigerian Embassy in Ankara, Turkey until his appointment as Ambassador Extraordinary/Plenipotentiary to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire in 2018.
Sources from the Nigerian Embassy at Deux Plateau, Abidjan, told newsmen that Mr Isah died at the age of 60.
The sources said he slumped and died at the Polyclinique Internationale Sainte Anne-Marie, PISAM, where he had gone to see his doctors.
The Interim Chairman of the Nigerian Community in Cote d’Ivoire, Musudi Akanfe, told NAN that the entire embassy had been thrown into mourning over the death.
“We are already in a mourning mood, we received this sad news with rude shock, we pray God to console the family and the Nigerian community,’’ he said.
Speaking to NAN by telephone, the former President, Nigerian Youths in Cote d’Ivoire, Mr Bright Moses, described the death as `shocking and painful’.
“He was a very lively and proactive diplomat, he listened to the plight of the Nigerian people in this country, this is very shocking,’’ he said.
Mr Isah, born in 1959 in Niger, held a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos.
He joined the Foreign Service in 1983 and was posted to Cote D’Ivoire in 2017.
He served in different capacities in the ministry before his death.