Ex-Presidents Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria and Barack Obama of the United States have condoled with the Government and people of South Africa on the passage of renowned anti-Apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
In his tribute, President Jonathan described Archbishop Tutu as “a global champion of peace, human rights and reconciliation, who lived a dedicated life of service to God and humanity.”
President Obama described Archbishop Tutu as “a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass for me and so many others.”
Jonathan’s tribute posted on his Facebook page reads:
“On behalf of myself and the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation, I condole with the Government and People of South Africa on the passage of Bishop Desmond Tutu at the age of 90.
“Bishop Tutu was a Nobel peace laureate and a global champion of peace, human rights and reconciliation, who lived a dedicated life of service to God and humanity.
“As a preacher, Bishop Tutu was a great teacher, who used his privileged position not only to win souls and make disciples but also to mobilize and advocate for the freedom of the people of South Africa and promote justice and democracy across the continent.
“Africa and indeed the rest of the world will miss Bishop Tutu as he was the continent’s foremost voice of reason and conscience.”
On the other hand, Obama wrote the following tribute on his Facebook page:
“Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a mentor, a friend, and a moral compass for me and so many others. A universal spirit, Archbishop Tutu was grounded in the struggle for liberation and justice in his own country, but also concerned with injustice everywhere.
“He never lost his impish sense of humour and willingness to find humanity in his adversaries, and Michelle and I will miss him dearly.”