The Sudanese Ambassador to Nigeria, Tagelsir Ali, is dead, the country’s embassy confirmed on Friday in Abuja.
The Media Advisor to the embassy, Mohammed Abdulrahman, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Ali, 66, died at about 1a.m. on Friday at the National Hospital, Abuja.
“He had malaria; there were some complications and he passed away around 1 a.m. early this morning.
“There is a presidential jet coming by 5 p.m. to take the remains to Sudan for burial.
“He was 66 years old. He loved working in Nigeria and had zeal to develop the bilateral relationship between Sudan and Nigeria and was able to stretch himself very well,” he said.
Mr. Abdulrahman said that the embassy had received many visitors since the diplomat’s demise was announced, adding that a condolence register had been opened for him at the embassy.
Contacted, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Martin Uhomoibhi, told NAN the ministry was aware of the ambassador’s death.
Ambassador Ali was posted to Nigeria in February, 2012.