By Dipo Olowookere
President Muhammadu Buhari says he has received with profound sadness the news of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President and revolutionary icon, Mr Fidel Castro, who died on Friday at the age of 90.
In a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, the President he offers his deepest condolences, on behalf of the Federal Government, to Cuban President, Mr Raul Castro, and the people of Cuba on the passing of the legendary leader, who Mr Buhari said passionately served his people for almost half a century.
The President in the statement assures of the sympathy and solidarity of all Nigerians as Cubans mourn the exit of this remarkable leader who against all odds stirred uncommon development in sports, education and healthcare sectors of his nation, even to the benefit of other nations.
Mr Buhari noted that is glad that Mr Fidel Castro lived to see improved ties with the United States.
The President said as a great friend to Africa, countries in the Global South and the Non-Aligned Movement, he believes Mr Castro’s place in history was assured, given his sustained successful commitment and towering role in the liberation and anti-colonialism struggles in Africa.
The Nigerian leader says his prayers and thoughts are with Castro’s family, friends and many admirers as they go through this period of national mourning and exit of a truly admired selfless global leader.
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