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Sunday, 8 December 2013

A Legend Goes Home - NLC Mourns Mandela

The Nigeria Labour Congress NLC has joined the rest of the world in mourning the first black President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela who passed on last Thursday at the age of 95.

A statement signed by the President of NLC, Abdulwaheed Omar said..."Mandela was a rare and uncommon breed whose demise will certainly create a void difficult to fill not only in South Africa but around the world. He is irreplaceable and his contributions to peace, priceless. Mandela was the rallying point of an inimitable and unstoppable moral force with which world leaders with a conscience sought to identify.

"His contributions to the struggle against the obnoxious apartheid regime was not only legendary, he became the symbol of the struggle that earned him 27 cruel years in prison in Robben Island. It was a fitting tribute that he came from prison to be president of a multi-racial South Africa. The genius in Mandela was clearly etched in his policy of national reconciliation through the instrumentality of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The world was spell-bound. But Mandela was not yet done. He left office after one term, sending a strong signal to sit-tight rulers, especially in Africa.

"Mandela was a remarkable man. In spite of a turbulent political career and a tumultuous family life, he created happiness for himself and inspired millions of others. Failing health did not deter him from condemning evil, injustice, oppression or exploitation wherever it was found  in the world. Few, if any, joined issues with this total giant. For him, diplomatese is no substitute for truth. Similarly, he believed the true value of a man does not lie in his being accepted but in making others accept what is right.

"Mandela came, identified his mission and fulfilled it. The exit of this legend may yet not be his end. Legends live after themselves after all. That is why they are legends.

The Nigeria Labour Congress said it sends its deep condolences to  Congress of South African Trade Unions  (COSATU) as well as  the family of this great man for all seasons.

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