Published On: Fri, Dec 6th, 2013

World Leaders Mourn Madiba…Mandela Will Be ‘Sorely Missed’ – President Jonathan

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President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed immense sadness over the death of former South African President, Dr. Nelson Mandela.
Other leaders of the world including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe eulogised the late Mandela describing him as an inspirational leader.
Bolivian President said he was a loss not only to Africa but also to the world.
China President Xi Jingping also paid tributes to Mandela, saying he was a friend of China who helped to foster relationship between the two countries.
At the United Nations Security Council meeting in New York, a minute silence was observed in honour of the late world icon.
At the White House in the US, flag was lowered at half-mast in honour of Mandela.

In a condolence message to President Jacob Zuma, President Jonathan conveyed the sympathy and solidarity of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria to him and all South Africans as they mourn Dr. 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.

“Dr. Mandela will 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.

“We join you, the Mandela family, the people of South Africa and lovers of freedom, peace, justice and equity all over the world in praying that God Almighty will receive the Great Madiba’s soul and grant him eternal rest,” President Jonathan wrote.

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