Abuja - Elder Statesman,Dr Maitama Sule,on Friday urged African leaders to emulate the sterling qualities of former South African President, the late Nelson Mandela, including selflessness and decency .
He made the call in Abuja while fielding questions from State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with Vice-President Namadi Sambo.
A two-time minister, Sule said African leaders should emulate Mandela’s resolve to forgive all those who persecuted him and the black race during the defunct apartheid regime in South Africa.
He also noted that Mandela’s decision to vacate office after serving a single term is worthy of emulation by African leaders.
"One would expect as it is happening in many parts of Africa today to perpetuate his stay in office to spend as many years in office as he spent in prison. But he decided after one term to step down and gave other people a chance, a good example."
"Mandela was a patriot, Mandela was a dogged fighter, Mandela was an excellent “reconciliatory”, Mandela was a decent politician, Mandela was a very just and fair ruler."
According to him, Africa has a lot to learn from Mandela, saying he was an exemplary leader.
"His love for his country is something to be emulated, his honesty, his integrity, his fearlessness and his sense of justice and fair play. He had the courage to tell anybody the truth at his face. He was a complete gentleman.
"Indeed, Mandela was one of the greatest son of Africa".