- No man can take the fact away from Mugabe being an African hero.
- Says African leaders have a lot to learn from his many successes and inevitable mistakes.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 general election, Atiku Abubakar has paid his tribute to late former Zimbabwean president, Robert Mugabe, describing him as a hero of the African liberation struggle.
In a statement released on Friday morning, the former vice president said Zimbabwe loved his country and its people and took practical and patriotic steps to improve their well being.
“Robert Mugabe was a hero of the African liberation struggle. No man is perfect and he had his flaws, but nobody can take this fact away from him: That he loved his country and its people, and took practical and patriotic steps to improve their well being.
“Mr. Mugabe gave Zimbabwe freedom, which in itself is commendable. Yet, he gave them something greater than freedom. He gave them education. His razor-like focus on investing in education resulted in Zimbabwe having the highest adult literacy rate in Africa. One can even say he emancipated the minds of Zimbabweans. Other African leaders can learn from him in this regard,” he stated.
He further said that the late African hero has put a footstep in the sands of times which are indelible.
“As he passes away aged 95, Robert Mugabe lived a long life and cast an even longer shadow. His footsteps in the sands of times are indelible even as they are very far-reaching. As African leaders, we have a lot to learn from his many successes, and even more to learn from his inevitable mistakes.
“My condolences to the government and people of Zimbabwe. My heartfelt sympathies to his family. May his soul rest in peace and may God forgive his sins.”