Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Senate pays tribute to Mandela

11 December 2013, 13:39

Abuja -  The Senate in Abuja on Tuesday paid tribute to the late former South African President, Nelson Mandela, for a lifetime dedicated to the emancipation of the oppressed.

The senate observed one minute silence in his honour and resolved to send formal condolence to the people and the parliament of South Africa.

This was sequel to a motion brought by the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, and unanimously supported by 107 others on the demise of the legendary anti-apartheid crusader.

Senators took turn to pay glowing tributes to Mandela for his contribution to the unity and prosperity of South Africa.

Ndoma-Egba observed that Mandela's government focused on dismantling the vestiges of apartheid through "tackling institutionalised racism and fostering racial reconciliation".

He described Mandela as the hero of the century who deserved all the recognition and eulogies being bestowed on him.

"Mandela will remain a reference point in the lessons of forgiveness for generations to come," he said.

Senator Abdul Ningi (PDP- Bauchi) said Mandela made a landmark difference in promotion of interracial relations among humanity.

"His preoccupation was the entire humanity. Mandela is in a class of saints who were sent by God to make a difference in the world."

Nkechi Nwaogu (PDP-Abia) said Mandela became a name that brought hope and aspiration to the entire black race.

Nwaogu urged African leaders to replicate the attributes of Mandela in the governance of their various countries.

Enyinnanya Abaribe (PDP-Abia) noted that the virtues of Mandela would only be replicated when leaders at all levels offered selfless service for the benefit of the people.

"With Mandela's example, each and everyone of us must think of Nigeria as one entity, then it would be possible to emulate him."

In his contribution, Adegbenga Kaka (APC-Ogun) attributed the dearth of leaders in mould of Mandela in Nigeria to the absence of individuals who were prepared to make a difference.

"We have men who could be like Mandela in this country but they lack the courage to push through their ideals."

Wilson Ake (PDP- Rivers) said: "He chose the spirit of humility, contentment, forgiveness and sacrifice. Our leaders should emulate him."

Abubakar Bagudu (PDP- Kebbi) urged African leaders to collectively resolve to focus on making life better for their people.

"African leaders, aspiring leaders and all of us here should demonstrate the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation in all  our dealings," he advised.

Ayogu Eze (PDP-Enugu) said that Mandela showed that the "world will always be better off when we sit together and discuss how we can live together peacefully".

Also Helen Esuene (PDP- Akwa Ibom) observed that Mandela demonstrated that "we can rise above our trials and challenges to impact humanity".

Esuene also commended Winnie Mandela for the support she gave to the late African leader during their marriage, saying "this tribute will not be complete without the sacrifices made by his former wife, Winnie".

Kabiru Marafa (APC- Zamfara) said Mandela's demise called for celebrations because he lived a good life which impacted positively on humanity.

"I would rather rejoice and congratulate the people of South Africa and black people all over the world for the good life that Mandela lived."

The Senate President, David Mark, urged the generality of those in positions of leadership to deploy available resources for the good of the people.

Mark advised leaders to do things that would earn them the trust and confidence of the people.

"Quality and altruistic leadership will always generate followership because the people will promote the ideals of a benevolent leader and they are sure to believe in his ideology.

"There are so many things that Mandela has done that we can copy and replicate in our own little corner of the world, whether we are in leadership position or not." 

-  NAN


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...