President Bola Tinubu has described the late Namibian President, Hage Geingob as a veteran in the struggle for democracy.
The Nigerian leader in a condolence statement released on Sunday by his Special Adviser Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, noted Geingob’s passing came at a time when the continent of Africa needed his visionary qualities.
“President Tinubu mourns the painful loss of this veteran in the struggle for democracy; proponent of good governance, and advocate of economic, social, and political solidarity among African peoples.
“The President notes that this tragedy comes at a time when Africa needs more visionary leaders who believe in the common destiny of the continent, and who can strengthen bonds across borders and spread the tendrils of cooperation across all fields of human endeavour.
“As Namibia mourns, President Tinubu assures the Republic that his thoughts and prayers, and indeed those of Nigerians, are with them,” the statement read in part.
The 82-year-old leader who revealed he was receiving treatment for cancer last month, died on Sunday, a statement from acting president, Nangolo Mbumba revealed.
First elected president in 2014, Geingob was Namibia’s longest-serving prime minister and third president.
In 2013, Geingob underwent brain surgery, and last year he underwent an aortic operation in neighbouring South Africa.
Up until his death, he had been receiving treatment at Lady Pohamba Hospital in Windhoek.