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 said that she was a woman of uncommon determination, steadfastness and perseverance who held aloft the torch of the struggle against institutionalized discrimination even while her ex-husband, the late Madiba, President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.
A statement by the senior special assistant to the Presieent on media and publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari commiserating with the family of the deceased, the government and people of South Africa on behalf of the government and people of Nigeria.
He urging the South Africans to be consoled by the knowledge that the late Winnie Mandela’s contributions to ending apartheid will not be forgotten, adding that she remained a pride not only to the African woman, but all Africans.
President Buhari prayed that God will comfort all those who mourn the departed and grant her soul eternal rest. [myad]