Nigerian ambassador to Qatar is dead

Abdullahi Wase, Nigeria’s ambassador to Qatar, is dead.

Tope Elias-Fatile, spokesman of the foreign affairs ministry, announced his passing in a statement on Saturday.

He said Wase had been sick for some time prior to his death on Friday night.

“The late envoy will be buried in Doha at 7.00pm (local time) today,” the statement read.

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, received the news of his death with shock and prayed that God grant his family and the nation the fortitude to bear the great loss.”

Wase was a non-career ambassador from Plateau state.

He was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in July 2016.