ECOWAS mourns Mandela

Abujka, Nigeria (PANA) - The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission has paid tribute to the late former South African president Nelson Mandela describing him as "a rare legend".

In a message received by PANA on Sunday, the ECOWAS Commission said it learnt of Mr. Mandela's death with a deep sense of loss and devastation.

"The Commission notes that Dr. Mandela as a charismatic world leader and international icon of peace and reconciliation guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy."

It said in spite of his imprisonment for 27 years for fighting against white minority rule, Mandela had bequeathed to his country and the world a legacy of forgiveness and an unmatched example in leadership by winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and serving only one term as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

"In the death of Dr. Mandela on 5th December 2013, at 95, Africa and the world have lost a rare legend, a distinguished role model, great freedom fighter and a man of peace and courage," the message said.

The Commission said while Mandela’s big shoes would be difficult to fill, the greatest tribute to his memory was to immortalize his legacy and the principles of peace and reconciliation which he cherished, lived and died for.
-0- PANA MA 8Dec2013

08 december 2013 12:12:10

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