Nigeria's President eulogises Mandela, condoles Zuma

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan has eulogised former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, saying his "indefatigable spirit will continue to inspire present and future generations of Africans".

A presidency statement made available to PANA said President Jonathan, who was "immensely saddened" by Mandela's death, has sent a condolence message to his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, to convey the sympathy and solidarity of the Nigerian government and people to him and all South Africans as they mourn Mandela.

“I write to commiserate with you, the Government and people of South Africa and the family of Dr. Nelson Mandela on the death of one of the greatest sons of Africa.

“Although it has come at the advanced age of 95, Madiba’s death will create a huge vacuum that will be difficult to fill in our continent.  He will be sorely missed by all who cherish love, peace and freedom the world over and will be eternally honoured for his immense contribution to the dismantling of the apartheid policy, one of the world’s most obnoxious systems whose under-pining philosophy was the degradation of man by man.

“Dr. Mandela served as a source of inspiration to the oppressed peoples all over the world.  In the course of his life-long epic struggle for freedom, fairness, justice, equity and the human rights of his oppressed people, Dr. Mandela made unparalleled personal sacrifices. The indefatigable spirit which he demonstrated throughout his life will continue to inspire present and future generations,'' President Jonathan wrote in the condolence letter.

He said Mandela would always be remembered and honoured by all mankind as "one of its greatest liberators, a wise, courageous and compassionate  leader, and an icon of true democracy".
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05 december 2013 23:39:06

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