Abuja (WorldStage Newsonline)-- President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria has expressed shock and sadness, over the passing away of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, of Ethiopia.
President Jonathan according to a statement by his media aide, Dr. Reuben Abati, described Zenawi’s death as a major loss for Africa.
“He was a great African statesman, who is also a friend of Nigeria, a nation-builder and a great servant of the Ethiopian people.”
President Jonathan further noted that “Prime Minister Zenawi will be remembered for his vision and integrity,” adding that “he held strong convictions about establishing a just and prosperous society for his people, a cause to which he devoted his considerable energies, and which deservedly earned him respect and honour among a grateful Ethiopian nation.”
President Jonathan acknowledged the late Prime Minister Zenawi’s vision for a united and strong Africa, a cause he pursued with remarkable honesty and passion.
“Indeed, his role, along with other African leaders, as the fulcrum of the African renaissance project, has ensured for him a prominent place in the annals of African history,” he said.
“The passing away of Prime Minister Zenawi at this time when Ethiopia and, indeed, all of Africa, stand to benefit from his wisdom and experience in building a stable and prosperous continent is a great loss that will be hard to remedy.”
President Jonathan assures the people of Ethiopia that the Government and people of Nigeria share in their loss, expressing hope that the government and the entire Ethiopian nation will be comforted by the enduring legacy of service that Prime Minister Zenawi left behind.
“On behalf of himself, the Government and the people of Nigeria, President Jonathan extends his deepest sympathy and condolence to the people of Ethiopia, especially members of late Prime Minister Zenawi’s family.”