Walter Carrington, a former United States ambassador to Nigeria, is dead. His wife Arese Carrington, confirmed his death in the wee hours of Thursday morning.
“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 U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and Senegal,” her email read.
“He passed away peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90 years old on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020. Further announcements will be made shortly.
“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.”
Ex-President Bill Clinton appointed him US Ambassador to Nigeria in 1993 after the annulment of the June 12 presidential election. He criticised the regime of Sani Abacha, the late military dictator, and campaigned vigorously for a return to Nigeria to the path of democracy