PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, as well as the Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM), Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the United Kingdom (UK) chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have expressed sadness over the death of a prominent member of the Nigerian community in the UK, Dr. Dapo Williams.
He was 61.
In a statement on Sunday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari recalled the deceased as a committed Nigerian who would do anything to see that Nigeria was celebrated globally.
Sympathising with the family and friends of the deceased, the President recalled his meeting with Dr. Williams in January, this year, during a town hall meeting with Nigerian professionals in the UK.
“He was passionate about our country, deeply committed to a Nigeria that attains its position in the comity of nations. It’s sad to lose such a hopeful, ebullient soul so soon,” President Buhari said.
The late Dr. Williams was leader and pioneer of Nigerian Think Tank Group (NTTG) and a staunch member of the APC and Buhari Campaign Organisation in the UK.
The successful real estate professional and community leader was also a member of the Institute of Directors, London and Kent.
In her condolence message, Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa described the death of Dr. Williams as an irreparable loss.
She said Nigeria had lost a great patriot in the deceased.
The APC in the UK recalled that the deceased fought many political wars to bring Nigerians in the Diaspora into repute.
A statement on Sunday in Abuja by its Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jacob Ogunseye, quoted the leader of the party’s chapter, Mr. Ade Omole, as saying that the deceased, who died at 61, fought to ensure unity among Nigerians in the Diaspora and the development of the APC in the UK.
It urged members of the party to condole with the family of the deceased while awaiting the burial arrangements, adding that the late Dr. Williams would be forever remembered.