President Muhammadu Buhari has commended former South African President, Nelson Mandela for his rare virtues, especially in the promotion of peace, unity and reconciliation.
Buhari spoke on Monday evening at the declaration of Nelson Mandela Decade of Peace at the UN headquarters in New York in commemoration of the centenary celebration of the late anti-apartheid icon.
According to him, Nigeria was committed to the promotion and protection of the rights of all women as well as providing an enabling environment for them to realise their full potential.
Buhari said: “We also recognise that inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all peoples in the world is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.
“We declare that racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance present the very opposite of the noble purposes of the United Nations.
“We recognise that tolerance of cultural, ethnic, racial, and religious diversities are essential for lasting peace, understanding and friendship among peoples, nations, cultures and individuals.
“As Mandela passes to history, we stand with him in his aspirations for a better world,” the Nigerian leader said. Read more