Although no official statement was issued to this effect, this newspaper gathered that the Ambassador died at an Abuja hospital, following an illness.
“He will be flown to the Kingdom for burial, any moment from now,” a source at the Embassy told DAILY NIGERIAN.
Reacting to the death, the outgoing Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Abdullahi Muktar expressed shock, saying that the deceased was one of the best ambassadors Nigerian ever had.
Mr Muktar added that Mr Bostaji’s death is a great loss to the entire Muslim Umma.
Born in Riyadh in 1966, Bostaji received his bachelor’s degree in social sciences in 1985 from King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah. He also obtained a higher diploma in diplomatic studies in 1988 from the Diplomatic Studies Institute in Riyadh.
The Saudi ambassador started his career by joining the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Later, he was appointed deputy to the ambassador at the Saudi Embassy in Tehran from 1991 until 1998.
Bostaji also worked at the administration of the Gulf Cooperation Council for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1998 until 2000.
In 2000, he was appointed as chargé d’affaires at the Saudi Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark, until 2003.
He then worked as head of economic affairs and international organizations at the Saudi Embassy in London from 2003 until 2005. He also joined the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Makkah as director from 2003 until 2016.
Before his appointment as a Saudi ambassador to Nigeria, Bostaji served as deputy to the ambassador at the Saudi Embassy in Berlin in 2016.