He Is Not Here; He Is Dead – Nelson Mandela

Photo Credit: Wikipedia - Nelson Mandela.
Photo Credit: Wikipedia – Nelson Mandela.

The world mourns the death of former South African President, Nelson Mandela who made his transition at the age of 95.

“He is now resting. He is now at peace,” said Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. “Our people have lost a father,” he added.

At the same time, many leaders around the world have also reacted to the death of Mandela. Speaking from the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama said, “Mandela has achieved more than could be expected of any man, he lives for the ages.”

British Prime Minister, David  Cameron said, “a great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a hero.”

In a message of condolences to his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, Chinese President Xi Jinping lauded Mandela as “a world-renowned statesman.

Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Mandela was a figure that set one of the greatest examples in our time. He was a father to his people, a man of vision, a freedom fighter who opposed violence.”

“Mandela, having gone through the most difficult ordeals, was committed to the end of his days to the ideals of humanism and justice,” said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said in a statement that Mr Mandela “had a firm belief in the freedom and equality of all humans, not only in his country South Africa, but also across the world.”

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff said Mr Mandela  would “guide all those who fight for social justice and for peace in the world.”

“This is as much India’s loss as South Africa’s. He was a true Gandhian. His life and work will remain a source of eternal inspiration for generation to come,” said Manmohan Singh, the Indian Prime Minister.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, said Mr. Mandela, “was a giant for justice and a down-to-earth human inspiration.”

Prime Minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, in her tribute to Mandela, ranked the late South African leader among the greatest human beings in the history of humanity. “A courageous fighter, an enlightened leader and a quintessential statesman.” she said.

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow