On Sunday, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolences to his South African colleague, Cyril Ramaphosa, as well as South Africans, following the death of Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu.
This is according to a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, captioned ‘Buhari mourns Archbishop Desmond Tutu.’
On behalf of the government and people of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari expresses condolences to President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africans, and the global Christian body, particularly the Anglican Communion, on the passing of Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, 90, on Sunday, December 26, 2021, Adesina said.
President Buhari believes that the death of the iconic teacher, human rights activist, thought leader, scholar, and philanthropist creates a void in a world that desperately needs wisdom, integrity, courage, and sound reasoning, qualities that the Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1984, typified and exemplified in words and actions.
As a South African, global citizen, and renowned world leader, Buhari affirmed that Tutu’s historic role in the fight against apartheid, enduring physical assaults, jail terms, and prolonged exile, elevated him beyond the pulpit to global, political relevance, and his position, under President Nelson Mandela, as chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission provided healing and direction for his country and the world.