President Muhammadu Buhari has described the demise of South-African anti-apartheid icon, Mrs Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as a huge loss to Africa.
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is the ex-wife of the late Nelson Mandela of South Africa.
According to her family, she “died after a long illness, for which she had been in and out of hospital since the start of the year. She succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones.”
She is remembered her as “one of the greatest icons of the struggle against apartheid. She fought valiantly against the apartheid state and sacrificed her life for the freedom of the country.”
Meanwhile, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, noted that Winnie Mandela was “a woman of uncommon determination, steadfastness and perseverance who held aloft the torch of the struggle against institutionalised discrimination even while her ex-husband, the late Madiba, President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated.
“President Buhari, on behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, commiserated with the family of the deceased, the government and people of South Africa.”
He urged the South Africans to be consoled by the knowledge that the late Winnie Mandela’s contributions to ending apartheid will not be forgotten.
According to him, she remained a pride not only to the African woman, but indeed all Africans.
The President prayed that God Almighty will comfort all those who mourn the departed and grant her soul eternal rest.