Abiodun Nejo, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday, extolled the virtues of a former United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Walter Carrington, who died on Tuesday, aged 90 years old.
The governor, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Yinka Oyebode, titled, ‘Fayemi pays tribute to the late former US envoy, Carrington,’ said, “Carrington diligently served humanity in his lifetime, using the instrumentalities of law, academia and diplomacy in his home country and other parts of the world where he worked.”
“The history of restoration of democracy in Nigeria would not be complete without a worthy mention of Carrington’s courageous interventions during the period of military dictatorship.”
Fayemi described Carrington as “a towering figure in the struggle for democracy in Nigeria because of his courage, tact and commitment to its enthronement”.
The governor hailed the late ex-envoy for giving the human rights and pro-democracy movement necessary moral support to ensure the return of civil rule to Africa’s most populous country,
According to him, Carrington contributed to solving some problems encountered by the pro-democracy movement in the course of freeing Nigerians from the jackboots of the then ruling military junta.
He noted Carrington was on the side of Nigerians and stood by the truth doing so at the risk of his life during the most brutal military dictatorship in the country.
He added that the late envoy used his position as a diplomat representing the interests of a frontline democracy in the world to clamour for respect for human rights, free speech, independent press and restoration of constitutional order in Nigeria.