Nigerian president mourns Tanzanian John Magufuli’s death

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday expressed deep condolences over the death of Tanzanian President John Magufuli.

Buhari said in a condolence message that Magufuli’s legacy of “patriotism and dedication to the African course” would continue to resonate across the continent.

He further described the late Tanzanian leader’s courage and love for his country as one which “inspired various reforms that generations would continue to celebrate”.

Among such reforms, Buhari further noted, were the challenging decision to reduce the size and cost of governance, and insistence on a people-focused budget, with clear priorities on education and health, and consistently fighting profligacy and frivolities in public expenditures.

“The former Tanzanian leader spent most of his life serving the country and humanity, with a rich pedigree of working as a school teacher, and rising steadily in public service as a member of parliament, deputy minister of works, and minister of works,” the Nigerian president said, while condoling citizens of the country on the sad loss.

Magufuli passed away due to heart disease at the age of 61, Tanzania’s Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan announced on Wednesday.

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