The Nigeria?s coordinating minister of the economy and the Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Saturday has urged to emulate the virtues and ideals of the late Nelson Mandela.

She gave the urge while delivering the keynote address at the Nelson Mandela Day held in Abuja.

According to Dr Okonjo-Iweala, Mandela lived an extra ordinary life and used his almost three decades in prison as a stay in a university where he learned Afrikaans, the language of the white oppressors and shared polemics with other prisoners.

?We should distil all these lessons and apply them to our lives,?she said, adding that ?he is one person that made a huge difference in our lives and I hope his lessons will stay with us forever.?

Also speaking at the event, the South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency LLA Mnguni said the people of South Africa owed the equality and justice they enjoyed today to Mandela who was real servant leader.

He said Mandela inspired not only South Africa but all the people of the world to aspire to social justice and service in the interest of others. 
The well attended event was the first time Mandela?s birthday would be commemorated since his death in December last year.

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