President Buhari mourns Tutu, commiserates with Ramaphosa.

President Muhammadu Buhari has, on behalf of Nigerians, condoled with President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africans and the global Christian body, particularly Anglican Communion, over the passing of the 99-year old Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu.

President Buhari believes that the death of the iconic teacher, human rights activist, leader of thought, scholar and philanthropist, further creates a void in a world in dire need of wisdom, integrity, courage, and sound reasoning, which were qualities that the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Winner typified and exemplified in words and actions.

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, says the President affirms that the historic role Archbishop Tutu played in the fight against apartheid, enduring physical assaults, jail terms and prolonged exile, took him beyond the pulpit to global, political relevance, and his position, and heading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which provided healing and direction for his country.

President Buhari commiserates with Leah Tutu, the spouse of the spiritual leader and lifelong partner in the struggle against injustice, corruption and inequality, the Tutu family, board and staff of Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Elders and Nobel Laureate Group.

He urges solace that the voice of the scholar and teacher, his published works, and inspirational quotes will resonate through generations, bringing more light and clarity to religious diversity, democracy and good governance.

The President prays for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Tutu, whose life and times sent an unforgettable message on love and forgiveness.

Writing by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino

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