Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has hailed the former Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, who passed away on Friday morning.
Naija News had reported that Zimbabwe former President, Robert Mugabe, who led the country from 1980 to 2017, died at the age of 95.
“It is with the utmost sadness that I announce the passing on of Zimbabwe’s founding father and former President, Cde Robert Mugabe ” said head of state Emmerson Mnangagwa in a tweet on Friday.
Reacting in a statement on Friday, Atiku said: “No man is perfect and he had his flaws, but nobody can take this fact away from him: That he loved his country and its people, and took practical and patriotic steps to improve their well being.
” Mr Mugabe gave Zimbabwe freedom, which in itself is commendable. Yet, he gave them something greater than freedom. He gave them an education. His razor-like focus on investing in education resulted in Zimbabwe having the highest adult literacy rate in Africa.
”One can even say he emancipated the minds of Zimbabweans. Other African leaders can learn from him in this regard.
”As he passes away aged 95, Robert Mugabe lived a long life and cast an even longer shadow. His footsteps in the sands of times are indelible even as they are very far-reaching.
”As African leaders, we have a lot to learn from his many successes, and even more to learn from his inevitable mistakes.
”My condolences to the government and people of Zimbabwe. My heartfelt sympathies to his family. May his soul rest in peace and may God forgive his sins.”