Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Jonathan has sent a condolence message to South Africa in which he described Mandela’s death as the loss of one of history’s “greatest liberators.”
He said, “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.”
President Jonathan described the former South African president “as a source of inspiration to the oppressed peoples all over the world.”
“Mandela’s death will create a huge vacuum that will be difficult to fill in our continent,” Jonathan added.
“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,” Jonathan said.