African, World Leaders Mourn Mandela’s Loss


"I went to bed with a heavy heart but a joyous heart." ~ Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tells the BBC on Mandela.


Malawi's Joyce Banda: "We've learnt that with courage and determination, we can overcome all evil."


"Mandela has fought a good fight and bowed out with great reverence."

~ Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chair of the African Union Commission of the 54-member bloc.  The African Union is flying its flags at half-mast.


Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta: "His life story teaches the great lesson of the power of will in turning adversity to victory. In his humility, President Mandela did what was right, made tremendous sacrifices and did not seek any form of personal praise."


"What a great loss to have lost such a great leader. Though you are gone your life lessons will live with us forever. Rest in peace, Madiba." ~ Kenyan First Lady Uhuru Kenyatta


Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete: "The world has lost one of its greatest citizens. A voice of courage, a source of inspiration and a beloved leader to us all."


"Nelson served his nation [and] Africa well. We have lost an icon in the liberation struggle." ~ Ghanaian President John Mahama


The Archbishop of York, Ugandan-born Dr. John Sentamu: "Today the World mourns the death of NELSON MANDELA. Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of Love for the World: look with mercy on MADIBA."


"I’ve lost a dear friend. Nelson Mandela stands as a dear friend to us all." ~Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan


Rwanda President Paul Kagame: "Madiba… passes on; but what is certain [is that] he will continue to live in the hearts of many of us. Rest in peace."


Mandela was "a source of inspiration to oppressed peoples all over the world." ~ Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan


Mandela's party, the African National Congress (ANC), said South Africa had lost "a colossus, an epitome of humility, equality, justice, peace and hope of millions".


"He was a unifier from the moment he walked out of prison. He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves." ~ Desmond Tutu


President Jacob Zuma described Mandela as a man whose "tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world" and whose "humility, compassion, and humanity" earned him the world's love. 


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