Ambassador Edward Aina, past Nigeria’s Ambassador to France, Namibia and Japan died in Abuja Nigeria’s capital on Friday, August 30.
Eye9ja reports that the secretary-general of Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN), Ambassador Mbanefor Obiakor in a statement commended the late ambassador.
Ambassador Mbanefor said the Nigerian former High Commissioner to Namibia passed on at the age of 72 on Friday, and that he contributed to the freedom of Southern African countries and the fight to ending apartheid in South Africa.
In His statement was: “He was at the Liberation Committee Headquarters in Arusha, Tanzania for 8 years which gave him the rare opportunity to effectively mobilise and coordinate Nigeria’s assistance to the liberation struggle in Southern Africa,” he said in a statement.
“Indeed, he cultivated and maintained a close relationship with the leaders and cells of the liberation movements from Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, and South Africa.
“Which helped in no small measure in the attainment of independence by these countries and the end of apartheid in South Africa.
“A walking encyclopedia of Nigeria’s foreign policy exertions and achievements of the late 1970s and through the 80s in which he played an active part.
“Ambassador Aina was a quintessential diplomat, an icon and a role model in patriotism, discipline, good order and professionalism.”
The late ambassador was reported to have been born in Odo-Ere, Yagba West areas of Kogi state in Nigeria’s north-central region, on January 2, 1947.
“A graduate of Ahmadu Bello University, National Defence College and the University of Ibadan, he joined the Nigerian Foreign Service in 1971 and served meritoriously at home and abroad, often insensitive and strategic positions,” the statement added.
“In retirement, he was a ranking and active member of ARCAN and was popularly referred to as the Doyen of the Ministry’s Foreign Service Association otherwise called the E-Forum.”