Ex-President Jonathan pays tribute to Winnie Mandela
Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan has paid tribute to late South African the South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former wife of the late President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela who died Monday at the age of 81, describing her as a strong voice for freedom.
In a statement by his media adviser Mr. Ikechukwu Eze, the former President further described the late matriarch as a symbol of strength for equality and crusader for public good.
He said: “Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was a strong voice for freedom and icon of the struggle for human rights, equality and justice.
“Winnie Mandela it was who stood as the symbol of defiance and pillar of support and inspiration for the African National Congress (ANC), especially during the testy days of apartheid, when other key leaders of the liberation struggle were either in jail or in exile.
“As a crusader for public good, she was a true mother of Africa who led from the front to fight not only against discrimination, but also for the social needs of the people of South Africa, especially women and youths.
“She will be remembered as the anti apartheid heroine and pride of womanhood who remained true to her convictions, spoke truth to repressive power and helped lead her people to freedom and peace.”