President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tribute to Zambia’s first president, founding father and independence nationalist, Kenneth Kaunda, who dead at 97.
He described him as one of the greatest African and world leaders of all time, who loved his country and people profoundly.
The President said he received his passing with great shock, due to his contributions to the development of Africa, recalling 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 said it was impossible to reflect on Kaunda’s legacy without acknowledging his selflessness and passion for service.
He prayed for the repose of the late Kaunde.