President Muhammadu Buhari has joined the world to pay tribute to the wife of Late South African leader Nelson Mandela, and South African anti-apartheid icon, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who he described as a huge loss to Africa.
In a statement made available to Naija News, by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity Garba Shehu, 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.
While describing the late heroine as a courageous woman, the president said that Winnie remained a pride not only to the African woman, but indeed all Africans.
“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” Garba Shehu said.
The President, however, prayed that God Almighty will comfort all those who mourn the departed and grant her soul eternal rest.
The President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa has also paid tribute to Winnie Mandela