President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of South Africa’s last white president, Frederik Willem de Klerk, as “the end of an era because of his tremendous impact on history and the cause of justice.”
Naija News had earlier reported that the death of FW de Klerk, South Africa’s last white president, was on Thursday announced by his foundation.
“It is with the deepest sadness that the FW de Klerk Foundation must announce that former President FW de Klerk died peacefully at his home in Fresnaye earlier this morning following his struggle again,” the statement said
Reacting to the demise of de Klerk on Thursday in a statement by his Media Assistant, Garba Shehu, President Buhari said “Mr. de Klerk was a remarkable moral force for change who will be celebrated for years beyond his death.”
According to the President, “ending the obnoxious apartheid system by a white President was an incredible act of moral courage and fierce commitment to human rights regardless of the colour of the victims of racial segregation and discrimination in South Africa.”
President Buhari noted that “the late South African leader had put humanity and justice before personal political ambition by dismantling the abhorrent apartheid system.”
“History will be greatly kind to the late de Klerk because it takes a lot of moral audacity to do what he did at the time he did it. De Klerk who won a joint Nobel Prize for Peace in 1993 alongside Nelson Mandela, will not be forgotten for years to come because of his immense and immeasurable contributions to world peace, human rights and justice,” President Buhari added.
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