Abuja, Nigeria - ECOWAS Commission Presdident Kadré Desire Ouédraogo has expressed a 'profound sense of grief' at the death of Nigerian diplomat Raph Uwechue, at the age of 79.
'On behalf of the Commission and the people of the region, I wish to convey our heartfelt sympathy to the Government and people of Nigeria and the family of this fallen great son of Africa and voice of wisdom for the irreparable loss of his passing,' President Quedraogo said in a statement issued here.
A distinguished diplomat, renowned administrator, author and an illustrious Pan-Africanist, the late Uwechue 'deployed his vast experiences and international connections to champion the cause of peace and development in our continent, and especially in the resolution of several crises in the West African region.
'He will be remembered for his quiet but impactful diplomacy including as the Head of the ECOWAS Mission in Cote d’Ivoire (ECOMICI) from 2002 to 2007,' the ECOWAS Commission President said, while also recalling his exemplary role as the chairman of the International Monitoring Group on Cote d’Ivoire, which reported progress regularly on the situation in that country to the ECOWAS Authority, the African Union and the United Nations.
Uwechue, a career diplomat who served in a number of countries, including Cameroon, Pakistan, Mali and France, died 13 March at the National Hospital in Abuja, the nation's capital.