ABUBAKAR Sani Bello, governor of Niger state has expressed sadness over the demise of Isah Ibrahim, ambassador of Nigeria to Côte d’Ivoire, describing him as a zealous diplomat.
Bello, in a press statement issued by Jibrin Baba Ndace, Chief Press Secretary, today, said that the death of Ibrahim was a great loss not just to the deceased’s family but to Niger state and the country as a whole.
He, therefore, offered condolences to the bereaved and seized the opportunity to praise Late Ibrahim’s more than 35 years of service to the nation.
The governor said Ibrahim commanded respect while he lived and proved to be a core diplomat par excellence.
Reports confirming Ambassador Ibrahim’s death have it that he died at exactly 7 p.m on Tuesday as he went to see his doctors at Polyclinique Internationale Sainte Anne-Marie (PISAM).
In the press statement, the governor said, “The news of the death of Ambassador Isah Ibrahim was received with a shock, indeed it is a heavy loss to us as government but we are consoled by the fact that the deceased lived a worthy and fruitful life”.
Bello prayed that Allah grants the family the fortitude to bear the loss and for the reposed soul of the deceased to be accepted in Jannatul Firdausi.
Late Ibrahim is from Azza in Lapai Local Government Area of Niger state and attended Govt. College Bida in 1979 after his basic education at LEA Ebbo in 1972. He bagged his first degree in International Studies at ABU, Zaria in 1982, later on, he obtained a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy at the University of Lagos.
After assuming responsibilities in various offices, one of which is Head of Chancery in Sierra Leone, Saudi Arabia, China and Turkey, late Ibrahim was appointed to serve as the Ambassador of Nigeria to Côte d’Ivoire in 2017.
Born in 1959, he died at the age of 60 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, and is survived by his mother, wife and children.