Nigerian executive council devotes weekly session to Mandela

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) – The Nigerian Federal Executive Council (FEC), at its weekly meeting Wednesday, devoted the bulk of the session, paying tributes to the late first black President of South Africa and anti-apartheid icon, Dr. Nelson Mandela.

Besides observing a minute silence in honour of Mandela, the cabinet members took turn to pay their tributes.

Altogether, about 22 ministers present at the Council Chambers, Presidential Villa, Abuja, all spoke in glowing terms of the achievements of the late hero. They were unanimous that Mandela left a huge legacy that would take too long to achieve.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, who presided over the meeting in the absence of President Goodluck Jonathan who is in South Africa for the icon's burial, led other council members to pay tribute to Mandela.

They exhorted the good qualities and legacies which Mandela left behind. Some of them specifically advised leaders against hanging on to power by emulating Mandela who went for only one term in office.

Sambo condoled members of the Mandela family for the great loss, "They should ever take solace in the fact that Madiba lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation by all. Nelson Mandela will forever remain a source of inspiration to the younger generation."

"He has become a reference point for the younger people. We should continue with his good legacies and always try to replicate his good life. To Africa, we have lost a great re conciliator, a dogged fighter, a greater critic of oppression and injustice. We have lost a great ambassador of peace who shuttle the continent fighting against injustice. To the rest of the world, it is time to reflect what this great man lived and died for."
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11 december 2013 17:30:39

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