At UN Event, Buhari Lauds Mandela On Peace, Democracy, Others
At UN Event, Buhari Lauds Mandela On Peace, Democracy, Others – President Muhammadu Buhari has paid glowing tributes to the late former President Nelson Mandela of South Africa for his commitment to peace and democracy.
Speaking at a High-Level Meeting on Global Peace in honour of the centenary birthday of the erstwhile Nobel Peace winner, also known as the Peace Summit, on the sidelines of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, Buhari described the anti-apartheid icon as “a man whose lifetime symbolised uncommon humility, compassion, courage and forgiveness.”
According to him, “this centenary celebration provides an avenue to reflect on the legacies of Nelson Mandela and his unwavering advocacy for human rights, social justice and peace. It also affords us the rare privilege to rededicate ourselves to the service of humanity by championing democracy, conflict resolution, disarmament, mutual respect, reconciliation, gender equality and the fight against poverty.”
The president, in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, yesterday in Abuja noted that in the quest for peace and development, the world would definitely “draw inspiration from the life of Nelson Mandela.”
Commending the adoption of the Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace, by a Political Declaration, the Nigerian leader called for “concerted efforts to build a just, peaceful, prosperous, inclusive and fair world, and revive the values for which Nelson Mandela stood by placing human dignity at the centre of our actions.”