Robert Mugabe: Former president Jonathan pays tribute to ex-Zimbabwean leader

Robert Mugabe: Former president Jonathan pays tribute to ex-Zimbabwean leader

- Goodluck Jonathan expressed condolence over the death of Robert Mugabe

- The former president said Mugabe was a great African soldier

- Jonathan said the former Zimbabwean president remains a symbol of freedom for his people

Former president, Goodluck Jonathan, has reacted to news of the death of former president of Zimbabwe saying the continent has lost a great nationalist.

In a post on Friday, September 6, the former president said Mugabe will continue to live in the minds of all those who love freedom.

He described the former Zimbabwe president as the symbol of his country’s freedom.

He said: “He was indeed a great African soldier and icon of liberation who fought relentlessly to restore his people's pride and dignity.”

Meanwhile, former president Olusegun Obasanjo described Mugabe, as an indomitable fighter, who contributed to the liberation of his country from apartheid and oppressive radicalism.

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Obasanjo said this in a condolence letter to President Emmerson Manangagwa of Zimbabwe, a copy which was made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Friday, September 6 through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi.

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Obasanjo, while commiserating with Mugabe’s family and the people of Zimbabwe, said that he received the news of the elder statesman’s death with immense sadness.

“The news of former President Robert G. Mugabe’s death in Singapore, in the early hours of today (Friday), was received by me with immense sadness indeed.

“It is, therefore, with a profound sense of sympathy that I write, on behalf of myself and my family, to commiserate with you and the entire good people of Zimbabwe over the painful transition of former president Robert Mugabe.

“The former president of Zimbabwe was a frontline leader, activist, an indomitable fighter for the liberation of Zimbabwe from apartheid and oppressive racialism, a statesman per excellence and a tireless advocate of the preservation of the mystique of Africa’s moral and cultural values.

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“He had selflessly dedicated himself to public service for most of his life, particularly as prime minister of Zimbabwe from 1980 to1987 and also as president from 1987 to 2017.

“Having followed with keen interest his heroic struggles to secure an independent Zimbabwe in 1980, President Mugabe had become much more than a leader to his people.

“He had become the living symbol and embodiment of their long and valiant struggle for their rightful place in the comity of nations.

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