He died on Saturday while hiking near Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, where he was studying civic leadership as a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow.
“We extend our deepest condolences to John Paul’s family and friends over this tragic loss,” the US Mission to Nigeria stated on Monday.
It also expressed sadness on behalf of colleagues in the US.
The Embassy described the deceased as a rising star, devoted to the causes of sustainable development, children’s rights, and peace building in Nigeria.
His selection to the Mandela Washington Fellowship was a tribute to his drive, talent, and dedication to making his country’s civil society even stronger, the Embassy stated.
His professional mentors at Virginia Tech also expressed sadness.
“While his time with us was short, he was well loved. This young man will be remembered fondly as a great citizen ambassador of his country. We mourn his passing,” said a mentor.
– CAJ News