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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Reacts to Winnie Mandela’s Death

President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Monday, April 2 describing her as a woman of uncommon determination.

This was contained in a statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity.

The president commiserated with the people of South Africa and her family for her demise and that she remains a pride not only to the African woman, but indeed all Africans.

Read the statement below:

President Muhammadu Buhari has described the passing away of South-African anti-apartheid icon, Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, as a huge loss to Africa of a courageous woman.

The President noted that she was a woman of uncommon determination, steadfastness and perseverance who held aloft the torch of the struggle against institutionalised discrimination even while her ex-husband, the late Madiba, President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.

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President Buhari, on behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, commiserated with the family of the deceased, the government and people of South Africa, urging them to be consoled by the knowledge that the late Winnie Mandela’s contributions to ending apartheid will not be forgotten.

According to him, she remained a pride not only to the African woman, but indeed all Africans.

The President prayed that God Almighty will comfort all those who mourn the departed and grant her soul eternal rest.

We had reported that Nigeria’s Senate president, Bukola Saraki, condoled with the people of South Africa over the death of anti-apartheid activist and politician, Winnie Mandela.

Winnie, who was an ex-wife of former South African president, Nelson Mandela, died at the age of 81 on Monday, April 2.

Reacting to her death, Saraki wrote on Twitter: “Winnie Mandela was a courageous trailblazer whose notable role in the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa and liberate its people of colour cannot be forgotten. We join all South Africans and women across the world to mourn her passing.

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Written by How Africa

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