Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, as one who acquitted himself as an African leader of great distinction to his country.
Obasanjo noted that the late President, devoted his time to service of Tanzania, particularly in area of several infrastructural developments and the continent.
In a release by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, Obasanjo said”as a statesman, profound thinker, tactician and patriot, President Magufuli devoted his time to the service of Tanzania in particular and our continent in general.
“Magufuli made noteworthy contributions to several infrastructural developments in such areas as standard-gauge railway to connect the country with its neighbours, major highways and a bus system in the commercial hub of Dar-es-Salaam.
“As a patriot, he made sterling contribution to the socio-economic development of Tanzania. In all of his undertakings, he acquitted himself as an African leader of great distinction to his country.”
The former African Union AU leader remarked that: “Indeed, Africa has lost one of its finest sons.”
He said that the new President, Ms. Samia Suluhu Hassan would also missed the late President, having “worked closely with him as his Vice-President and striving to create opportunities for the growth and development of Tanzania and Africa.
Obasanjo prayed to God to grant her the wisdom, courage and fortitude she will need as she assumed “the mantle of leadership to bring his life-long struggle to a continuum for the good of Tanzania and the continent.”
The former Nigerian leader had written to the new President to formally condoled with her and the good people of Tanzania on the development.
OgunToday reports that Magufuli died on Wednesday at the age of 61 from heart complications at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.