Lagos - The Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce on Friday described the void created by Nelson Mandela’s death as irreplaceable.
Toyin Cameron, Executive Secretary of the chamber said that Mandela’s incredible message of peace and reconciliation revitalised the "rainbow nation". NAN reports that Mandela, the first democratically-elected President of the Republic of South Africa and an anti-apartheid icon better known for dismantling the obnoxious policy, died on Thursday, aged 95.
"The chamber joins the people of South Africa in their grief at the passing away of one of the most iconic figures in world history, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela."
"Madiba, as he was fondly called, was a pivotal leader of history not just for the South Africans, but for all the down-trodden and under-privileged world-wide. We will particularly like to express our sorrow to the Mandela family and to thank them for all the sacrifices and hardships they endured in sharing Madiba with the world.
"He has shown us the path for reconciliation amongst races. At various times in history, we get a leader who not only changes the course of history, but also lays a road map for the future." Cameron said.
She added that Mandela would be remembered as one of the greatest, if not the greatest leader devoted to the cause of freedom for all men.
"He will be sorely missed not only by all South Africans, but by the world; may his soul rest in peace,"Cameron said.