President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, and the global Christian body, particularly Anglican Communion, over the passing of Archbishop Emeritus, Desmond Tutu, 90, on Sunday.
The President, in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, said the death of the iconic teacher, human rights activist, leader of thought, scholar and philanthropist, further created a void in a world in dire need of wisdom, integrity, courage and sound reasoning, which were qualities that the Nobel Peace Prize Winner, 1984, typified and exemplified in words and actions.
President Buhari said the “historic role” Archbishop Tutu played in the fight against apartheid, “enduring physical assaults, jail terms and prolonged exile”, took him beyond the pulpit to global, political relevance, and that his position, under President Nelson Mandela, in heading the Truth and Reconciliation Commission provided healing and direction for his country and the world.
The President also condoled with Leah Tutu, the spouse of the spiritual leader and lifelong partner in the struggle against injustice, corruption and inequality, the Tutu family, board and staff of Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Elders and Nobel Laureate Group.
He urged them to take solace in the fact that the voice of the scholar and teacher, his published works, and inspirational quotes will resonate through generations by bringing more light and clarity to religious diversity, democracy and good governance.
The President prayed for the repose of the soul of Archbishop Tutu, whose life and times he said sent an unforgettable message of love and forgiveness.