Lagos – Nigerian politicians and academics spoke out about what they honour about Nelson Mandela, former South African President, as he celebrated his 95th birthday.
Mandela, who fought against apartheid, has been battling a recurring lung infection in hospital for the last few weeks. The South African Presidency has commented that Mandela is “steadily improving.”
Abike Dabiri-Erewa (ACN-Ikorodu) depicted Mandela as one who represented the true meaning of love, humility and sincerity of purpose.
Also, Chief Seinde Arogbofa, a chieftain of Afrenifere, said that Mandela set a leadership standard for the rest of the world.
Prof. Pat Utomi, Director of Lagos Business School, urged African leaders to emulate the sacrificial service of Mandela.
"A leader’s sacrificial service for the good of his people will always earn him or her immortality.”
Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, described Mandela’s philosophy of politics without bitterness as exemplary.
"Some of the lessons to learn are the maturity with which he handled the affairs of South Africa, politics without bitterness or non-retaliation to what the apartheid government did to him.”