President Muhammadu Buhari has described Zambia’s founding father and independence nationalist, Kenneth Kaunda, as one of the greatest African and world leaders of all time, who loved his country and people profoundly.
Reacting to Kaunda’s death at the age of 97, the President said he received his passing with great shock,, due to his contributions to the development of not only Zambia, but also Africa at large.
According to President Buhari, Africa cannot forget in a hurry how Kaunda gave shelter to anti-apartheid freedom fighters from South Africa and from former Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe.
The President noted that the late Kaunda was one of the loudest voices for the liberation of Africa from colonialism and imperialism, noting that he did so with passion and sincerity.
In a statement by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, President Buhari says it is impossible to reflect on Kaunda’s legacy without acknowledging his selflessness and passion for service.
President Buhari extended his condolences and that of the nation to the family, the government and people of Zambia over Kaunda’s death.