- President Muhammadu Buhari says he is taking leadership lessons from the late Nelson Mandela
- The president revealed this when he received the High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, T. D. Mseleku, at the State House, Abuja
- Buhari said the legacy of the late South African President should inspire African leaders to make sacrifices for the good of their countries
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, December 17 said he is taking a cue on the lessons of leadership from the late Nelson Mandela.
According to The Guardian, the president made the comment when he received a letter of credence from the High Commissioner of South Africa to Nigeria, T. D. Mseleku, at the State House, Abuja.
He said the legacy of the late South African President should inspire African leaders to make sacrifices for the good of their countries and quit the stage when the ovation is loudest.
Buhari also noted that the 27-year imprisonment of the ex-apartheid fighter, his humility and broadmindedness to governance and nationhood as well as his willingness to leave after a term in office were exemplary.
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The president also hailed his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, with his handling of the diplomatic between Nigeria and South Africa a few months ago.
“I was really impressed with the president’s maturity and diplomatic style of handling issues. I admired his initiative and concern.
“At the end of our visit, all those that were expressing doubts and fears had nothing to say. The visit was spectacular in many ways. Please give my deep appreciation to President Ramaphosa,” he told the high commissioner
In his remarks, the envoy pledged implementation of all the issues discussed by the two leaders.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Senate has rejected the visa-on-arrival policy of President Buhari.
The lawmakers in the red chamber said the move by the president is premature, considering the spate of insecurity currently witnessed in the country.
On Wednesday, December 11, President Buhari had announced at the Aswan Forum in Egypt that starting from January 2020, other Africans will be allowed to enter Nigeria without a visa.
The president said Nigeria will commence issuance of visas at the point of entry into the country, to other African nationals in line with his administration's commitment to supporting the free movement of Africans within Africa.
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