A giant father figure for all humanity – ADIEU

PHOTO CREDIT: (Xinhua/Cheng Min)

JOHANNESBURG, Dec. 6 (Xinhua)

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95 Thursday, President Jacob Zuma announced in a televised speech to the nation.

“Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela,the founding President of our democratic nation has departed,” Zuma said. The president said that Mandela passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20:50 p.m. local time (1850 GMT) on Dec. 5.

“He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said, “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.” “Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss,” he said,

“His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. ” “His humility, his compassion, and his
humanity earned him their love. Our
thoughts and prayers are with the
Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude.” Zuma said “This is the moment of our deepest sorrow. Our nation has lost its greatest son,” adding “Yet, what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what
made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”

“As we gather to pay our last respects, let us conduct ourselves with the dignity and respect that Madiba personified,” he said. Zuma said that as people gather,wherever they are in the country and wherever they are in the world, they should recall the values for which Mandela fought.

“Let us reaffirm his vision of a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another,” he said. He also urged South Africans to commit themselves to strive together – sparing neither strength nor courage – to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

Zuma also announced a state funeral for Mandela and ordered all national flags to be lowered to half-mast starting Dec. 6 until after the funeral.

Mandela, who served as President of
South Africa from 1994 to 1999, had
battled health problems in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations.

Mandela was released from hospital in early September following an 85-day stay for a recurring lung infection, the result of his longtime imprisonment during the apartheid times.

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  1. beegeagle says:

    Diokpa m..our Madiba!! A man inimitable…the greatest African bar none. Fare thee well, hero of our time. Truly unforgettable.

    • Bola David says:

      Though painful, but we say to GOD be the Glory for a life well spent!

      Goodbye Madiba- the greatest global Statesman ever.

  2. mayyorrules says:

    RIP. He did is best, a great example for our world and in particular African leaders to follow.

    I wish I had met him

  3. doziex says:

    A Giant amongst Men.

    A King amongst Rulers.

    I wish Nigerian leadership who were at the fore front of the fight against apartheid, can also learn and aspire to be more like President Mandela.

    That goes for all African leaders.

    • beegeagle says:

      A towering figure and a torchbearer for moral rectitude. His limitless capacity for self-sacrifice was truly sobering

      – 27 years in jail..could have been much shorter if he had bowed to his personal interest and renounced the struggle.

      – one term of five years as President and he bowed out instead of exploiting his towering political stature to cling to power

      This was truly a man-and-half…an excellent role model for all mankind and a truly good individual.

  4. rka says:

    RIP Nelson Mandela. An Icon that represented forgiveness and reconciliation in the current age.

  5. Henry says:

    RIP nelson mandela.

  6. freeegulf says:

    A life well spent. A great Hero. An Iroko
    He did not follow the sit tight policies of other african presidents, quietly resigned from political life by 2001 and led a decent retirement.
    A good man with good deeds

  7. OriginalPato says:

    Imagine that 30 years from now, Shekau was exonerated and died an honourable death and polished as a freedom fighter.
    A terrorist is always terrorist especially those with blood on their hands. Mandela shouldn’t be treated differently. #JustSayin

    • Solorex says:

      Dear Mr. OriginalPato, there is absolutely no correlation or similarity between the actions of Shekau and Nelson Mandela, they are two very different personalities powered by nearly diametrically opposed ideologies!

      One is seeking to oppress people of different religious beliefs,to force style of rule and way of life on an existing society irrespective of dire consequences such as loss of lives,livelihood,dignity or nation hood. The other wanted a great future ( not for his kind only) for everybody not at the expense of anybody. He fought for the right to have a life worth calling a life!

      He never indoctrinated people into terrorism, he never brought up or trained bank robbers,he never entered into a worship place to slain people…… He did not hate South Africa, he wanted his kind to be part of South Africa,where God has put them,not to be exlcuded!

      After 27years in jail,he Forgave all because he loved his country and wanted people to live together in peace. he did not spearhead a request for vengeance nor tolerated it after he became president. He left after one term because it is not power he had always wanted, it is freedom for every body!-remember his neighbor?

      Shekau is the opposite of Mandela!

      With all due respect and not wanting to use harsh words-Mr you are damn so wrong to have thought about that comparison

      • OriginalPato says:

        @Solorex the media tells us that Mandela was incarcerated for 27 yrs but refuses to tell us why. He was thrown into jail for murdering school children, a crime Shekau is also guilty of. Like the Iron Lady said the man is/was a terrorist pure and simple irrespective of the PR polishing.

    • doziex says:

      Oga originalPato, common men !!

      Even the most unrepentant Afrikaner wouldn’t say that. (SMH)

      • OriginalPato says:

        @doziex who told you the Afrikaaners don’t have reservations about Mandela. For crying out loud the man has blood on his hands. He ain’t no Mahatma Gandhi.

      • doziex says:

        Well, some may as you suggest, but your timing is all wrong bro.

        You don’t speak ill of the dead.

        Besides, the rapist has no right to accuse the rape victim of any thing.

      • Solorex says:

        @Original Pato: I am in no way in support of crime of terrorism,no matter whois involved, However history told in part is surely distorted;only full history shows the truth.

        There is no way you could champion the cause of millions of youthful minds against blatant substantive and sustained oppression, legitimized systematic suppression or all freedom and human rights without been accused of; or been a part of some form of violence! It did not start with “UmKhonto we Sizwe”, it was clearly started by the then Apartheid government-They incarcerated,killed,maimed,cheated people out of land and even single right a human being is entitled to. The government actually legitimized practical and psychological terrorism; preached and ensured open manifestations of its teachings.

        They hunted down potential activists ( and peaceful activist) like animals and worked assiduously to curtail all possibility of peaceful resolution of the issue( actually the government never believed there was any issue to be resolved!). The intention was clear: Continual Suppression with brute force as long as necessary to break the spirit. This government even funded cross border similar suppression project!

        Violence in Mandela’s struggle was not an option, it was one of the reasons for the struggle and not getting involved with the violence then means not getting involved with the struggle! The setting was nothing like Mahatma Ghandi’s Setting.

        Shekau’s violence was spontaneous,based on confused ideology and had no intentions of liberating anybody-the intentions are pure enslavement, My heart goes out to all whites who lost family to the struggle,but for every white you will accuse Mandela’s crew of murdering, there are a thousand blacks that have been murdered without anybody feeling something wrong has happened and several other thousands whose life are not counted important by their government!

      • igbi says:

        If Nelson Mandela deliberately targeted and killed school children then he is a terrorist in my book.

      • igbi says:

        But I don’t think he did that, if you have proof then please provide.

  8. Henry says:

    Marshal Beeg, forgive the spam. This is something we have advocated for multiple times on this blog.

    Nigeria Investigates Technical Team Cooperation with US
    by African Defence Admin • December 6, 2013

    The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Admiral Ola Ibrahim has said a technical team would be set up to look at areas of cooperation between the Nigerian military and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

    The CDS made this known in Abuja during a meeting with the US Ambassador to Nigeria, James Entwistle and Commander of the United State African Command, General David Rodriguez.

    According to him, “we need all the support in the area of training, intelligence gathering and logistics,” adding that “Boko Haram abhors anything western. They do not recognize the Nigerian constitution. This is our problem. And we are handling it.”

    He also said, “We are an authority in this ‘Boko Haram’ matter. No doubt we need assistance but it should be moral and material. The Sahara is without a stable government. There is a whole lot happening there.”

    “If that stretch is properly handled, it will reduce the traffic of arms and light weapons into Nigeria. What is happening there poses a threat to Nigeria. The US can send us the evacuated equipment used in places like Afghnistan.” Admiral Ibrahim said.

    He further expressed delight that the US had promised to assist the country to defeat terrorism hoping that it would fulfill its pledges and promises.

    Earlier the U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr James Entwistle, had said his country wants Nigerian to win its war on terrorism.

    He stated that, “I said to your president, that I want to be very clear with him, that the US position on the challenges facing you in the North-East of the country.

    “And I told the president that the simple message I was conveying was that the United State want Nigeria to win its war on terrorism,” he said.

    Entwistle said President Barrack Obama and Goodluck Jonathan had talks on how to explore ways that the US can be of assistance as you address security concerns.

    On his part, Commander of the United State African Command, Gen David Rodriguez, said his task is to evaluate how both countries can partner on the security challenges in the North-East.

    “We are here to support you and partner with you as you defeat this threat of terrorism in your country,” he said.

    As reported by Ronald Mutum for the Daily Trust

    • Number one says:

      “…….. evacuated equipment from -stan.” Are we looking at used MRAP’s,the 5 ANAF used G-222A’s,FG please follow through on this.

    • doziex says:

      Hehe he……..Oga henry you talk true.

      Oga beeg remember ? The US gets rid of all manner excess or used articles, especially when it’s costlier to store, and ship the items back to the states.

      We missed the boat in Iraq, but 8000 armored and un armored humvees, kevlar vests, helmets, boots, air conditioned trailers, Hesco barriers, MREs and much more, were available at give away prices.

      A lot of the items went free of charge to Jordan, iraqi troops ( who turned around and sold many of them) but most especially, they went to AMISOM troops. The UPDF especially.

      The Ugandans used hescos, and NA was still sand bagging. ( one takes hours, the other may take days)

      They had air conditioned trailers, kevlers and the rest of the american largese.

      Beegeagle posted many alerts then, but we missed that boat.

      The Admiral seems to be trying to catch the new wave, as NATO evacuates afghanistan.

      This time, MRAPS may even be in the balance.

  9. Number one says:

    He died a hero’s death,rest in peace Mr. Nelson Mandela.

  10. jimmy says:

    NELSON MANDIBA MANDELA may your soul rest in peace.FREE AT LAST FREE AT LAST THANK GOD ALMIGHTY . You have fulfilled your task as A Giant amongst men.

  11. peccavi says:

    A great man has gone home to rest. It is well

  12. OriginalPato says:

    @Solerex and @Doziex At least Madiba has blood on his hands. Whether he killed for self defense, freedom fighting, religious ideology, or it was the only option available is another matter entirely. It just happened that history favoured him by polishing him up. There are always two sides to a story, I’m simply stating the other side.

    *One man’s freedom fighter (hero) is another man’s terrorist*

  13. peccavi says:

    Oga Original Pato, people like una dey make me laugh. According to you everyone gets their information from the ‘media’. Try and read ‘books’. Mandela was not convicted of attacking school children, he was convicted of attacking infrastructure such as electricity pylons etc. Most of the victims were the bombers themselves.
    Before the ANC formed the MK to start the armed struggle they started with legal challenges to Apartheid, they tried political means, they tried diplomatic means, they tried civil disobedience.
    they were met with intransigence and oppression.
    They then decided to fight. If you read the actual transcripts of the Rivonia trials you will see that the original campaign took pains to avoid innocent casualties.
    In all of this ‘Mandela is a terrorist narrative’ no one seems to explain what exactly one should have done instead

  14. ifiok umoeka says:

    Original (are u sure) plato, I don’t know where u get urs from or whether u’re just provokerteering, what’s ur point, that people don’t fight back? I remember the closing remark by the black boy in the movie ‘ the great debater’ where he interprets Thomas Aquinas saying,… I have a right, even a duty, to resist an unjust law either by violence or by civil disobedience. u better pray that I choose the later’. We should be happy that we didn’t have the likes of Zimbabwe’s Mughabe and Nkomo, Namibia’s Njuma, Bissau’s Cabral, Mozambique’s Machel and Angola’s Santos etc trust me.

  15. ifiok umoeka says:

    If our leaders are half the man Madiba was, the world would be a better place

  16. ifiok umoeka says:

    @ originalp(l)ato, u didn’t ans the ques! What’s ur point?

  17. ifiok umoeka says:

    Aha…aha…Ha ha ha

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