The remains of Nigeria’s Ambassador to France Ambassador Kayode Laro arrived Ilorin, Kwara State, on Wednesday morning for immediate burial.
The body of the diplomat was flown in with an aircraft of the Nigerian Air Force, draped in the national colours as a mark of honour for his service to Nigeria.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq received the remains of the diplomat at the General Tunde Idiagbon International Airport Ilorin, supported by other dignitaries and family members of the deceased.
The Governor also attended the burial which took place at his family compound in Ilorin. The burial rites were led by the Chief Imam of Ilorin, Sheikh Mohammed Bashir Soliu.
Other dignitaries in attendance include Nigeria’s Ambassador to Paris (France) superintending Economic and Consular Affairs, Muazam Nayaya; Deputy Head of Mission (France) Ambassador Tunde Mukaila Mustapha; and AbdulRazaq’s family led by the Governor’s elder brother and Mutawalle Ilorin, Dr. Alimi AbdulRazaq.
The Governor had earlier in his condolence message described his death as shocking and devastating, and prayed to Allah to forgive him and grant him al-jannah Firdaus.
Ambassador Tunde, who spoke to newsmen shortly after the burial rites, said the late Laro was a complete gentleman and a diplomat par excellence.
He prayed to Allah to grant the departed soul Aljannat Firdaus and console the family he left behind.