President Buhari, Ex-President Obasanjo, Obama, others pay tribute to late Desmond Tutu

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President Buhari, Ex-President Obasanjo, Obama, others pay tribute to late Desmond Tutu

Following the demise of South African anti-apartheid hero Desmond Tutu, notable leaders around the world have paid tribute to the activist and Nobel Peace Prize Winner who died at the age of 90-year-old on Sunday.

President Muhammadu Buhari described Tutu as one whose life was a message on love and happiness.

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According to Buhari, the legacies of Archbishop Tutu who died at 90 on Sunday, “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.”

Similarly, former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has recalled the role played by late Desmond Tutu in getting the country’s debt canceled, declaring that his death was a personal loss to him.

Obasanjo in a condolence letter to the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, stated that “Over the years, Reverend Tutu had shown focused, credible, bold, sensitive and purposeful leadership not just to members of the Anglican Church but to all Christians.”

Obasanjo told Ramaphosa that “Reverend Tutu was a patriotic and highly respected Teacher, Preacher, Intercessor and Field Commander of the Lord’s Army.

 Also, former US president Barack Obama, hailed late Archbishop Desmond Tutu as a towering figure and “moral compass” who fought against injustice in South Africa and elsewhere.

Tutu, a fellow Nobel Peace laureate, “was a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass for me and so many others,” Obama said in a statement.

“A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere,” Obama said, adding that Tutu sought to “find humanity in his adversaries.”

Obama in 2009 presented Tutu with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Another former US president and Nobel Peace laureate, Jimmy Carter, issued condolences on the death of the 90-year-old Tutu, a friend whose ministry he said exemplified “love, freedom and compassion.”

“He lived his values in the long struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, in his leadership of the national campaign for truth and reconciliation, and in his role as a global citizen,” Carter, age 97-year-old, said in a statement.

President Buhari, Ex-President Obasanjo, Obama, others pay tribute to late Desmond Tutu

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