- The Burundi government has announced the death of its president, Pierre Nkurunziza
- The government in a statement said President Nkurunziza died in a hospital
- The Burundi government said there would be a period of national mourning for seven days
The president of Burundi, Pierre Nkurunziza, has died after suffering a heart attack, the government has disclosed.
The government in a statement on Tuesday, June 9, announced that President Nkurunziza died at Karusi hospital, Aljazeera reported.
The statement which was posted on twitter disclosed that the president was admitted to the hospital on Saturday, June 6, after feeling unwell but he suffered a heart attack on Monday, June 8, and efforts to revive him were unsuccessful.
Nkurunziza was due to step down from the presidency in August 2020, after 15 years in power. He was 55.
The government said there would be a period of national mourning for seven days from Tuesday and that flags would be flown at half-mast.
Meanwhile, to health news, Mauritius has declared that it is officially free of the deadly coronavirus that has taken the world by storm, becoming the second African country to declare virus-free status after infection.
According to the island nation’s official COVID-19 page, 322 people had recovered out of the 332 confirmed cases so far. 10 people have since died.
May 11 marked the fifteenth consecutive day that the no-new-case was recorded in the country, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that a lockdown, however, remains in place to contain the possible spread of the virus.
Weeks ago, Mauritania declared itself coronavirus-free after six coronavirus patients recovered and left the hospital, while one person succumbed to the virus.
In another report, a Nigerian, Adewale Adeyemo, a 39-year-old man has been appointed as the first president of the Obama Foundation. It should be noted that he is the former deputy national adviser for international economics.
He was very helpful in how America was able to overcome recession many years ago.
In his new role, the Nigerian would be working with the foundation to manage operations of the organisation.
The Obama Foundation has grown its workforce to almost 200 and has a number of programs to support the next generations of enablers.
Meanwhile, a statue of colonial Belgian king Leopold II has been removed from the city of Antwerp, Belgium.
The statue was removed following Black Lives Matter protests in some countries in the world occasioned by the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, BBC reported.
Legit.ng gathers that under King Leopold II's reign, millions of people were murdered in the Congo Free State (today the Democratic Republic of the Congo).
On Monday, June 8, the statue was defaced with paint by anti-racist demonstrators. Before now, campaigners in Belgium had been calling for monuments glorifying his memory to be removed.
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