GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA MOURNS DEMISE OF ROBERT MUGABE, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE

PRESS RELEASE
No: MFA/PR/2019/44

GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA MOURNS DEMISE OF ROBERT MUGABE, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE

The Federal Government of Nigeria wishes to commiserate with the Government and people of Zimbabwe over the demise of Robert Mugabe, the former President of Zimbabwe from 1980-2017. The former President died after a protracted illness on Friday 6th September, 2019 in Singapore.

Robert Mugabe was a notable icon in the liberation struggle in the continent and Africa owe a huge debt of gratitude to this highly intelligent and courageous leader who fought and sacrificed so much to liberate his country and free his people from minority white occupation.

Robert Mugabe was also in the vanguard of the fight to free several countries of Southern Africa from apartheid and colonialism.

The departed statesman will also be remembered for leading his country to great heights after independence until the economic sanctions imposed by western countries on account of the expropriation of land occupied by white Zimbabweans, crippled his country economically.

He was a true pan-Africanist and true patriot. Africa has indeed lost one of its finest.
May his soul rest in peace.

Signed

Ferdinand Nwonye
Spokesperson
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja
Friday, 6 September, 2019