President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has sympathized with the People of Burundi over the death of their President, Pierre Nkurunziza of Burundi.
President Nkurunziza died of heart failure today, June 9. His death was confirmed by the country’s government on its official Twitter page.
The tweet reads: “The Government of the Republic of Burundi announces with great sadness the unexpected death of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, following heart failure on June 8, 2020.”
In a condolence message today, President Buhari said: “it is with profound grief and sadness that we received the news of the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza. President Nkurunziza was a true patriot that steered the country through turbulent times with wisdom and foresight.
“At this time of great pain and loss, the Government and people of Nigeria as well as myself, express our deepest condolences to the Government and people of Burundi. Our thoughts and prayers also go out to the family of the President. May God grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.”
President Nkurunziza is due to be replaced in August this year by a political ally, Evariste Ndayishimiye, who won the May 20, 2020 Presidential election.