- Nigeria's former president, Obasanjo, has sent a condolence message to the president of Tanzania, John Magufuli, over the death of Benjamin Mkapa
- Mkapa, a former president of Tanzania, died on Thursday, at age 81
- Obasanjo said the late former president was passionate about peace and security in Africa
Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has condoled with the president of Tanzania, John Magufuli, on the death of the country's former leader, Benjamin Mkapa, who died on Thursday, July 23, at age 81.
Obasanjo, who described late Mkapa as a brother and friend, said he was a passionate leader, particularly about the Great Lakes Region as well as leadership issues in Africa.
In a condolence letter, copy of which is made available to Legit.ng through his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, on Friday, July 24, Obasanjo, emphasized that Mkapa would be missed for his exemplary leadership across Africa.
The letter reads partly: "President Mkapa will be missed for his exemplary leadership across Africa but particularly for his contribution to nation-building in the United Republic of Tanzania where he served as the third president of the country from 1995 to 2005.
"Since I worked closely with Benjamin Mkapa as Tanzania's high commissioner to Nigeria when I was military Head of State, I have found him as a man of principle and commitment who embodied the virtues of truth, justice, discipline, hard work, and humility. He was a good man, a good Tanzanian, and a good African. We will all miss him."
Obasanjo said the late ex-president was passionate about peace and security in the Great Lakes Region where they worked together. He was also passionate about leadership issues in Africa.
"Upon our exit from Presidency, I frequently called on him for support and advice on issues of interest to Africa. He was always welcoming, accommodating and he offered wise counsel with an open, charitable, and progressive heart.
"I join the Government and the people of Tanzania as well as millions of others around the world in mourning a man, who dedicated his life to the growth and development of Tanzania, his country, in particular, and Africa as a whole," Obasanjo wrote.
In a similar development, Obasanjo has reacted to the death of Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, an elder statesman, business mogul and politician in Nigeria.
Funtua reportedly died of cardiac arrest on Monday, July 20.
In his reaction, Obasanjo said Funtua's contributions to the implementation of the nation's capital between 1999 and 2007 would not go unrecognized.
The former president said Funtua's death is a great loss to the entire country.
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