President Muhammadu Buhari has, on behalf of Nigerians, sent condolences to U.S President, Joe Biden on the passing of the former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell.
In a statement, the President believes that as the first African-American Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the U.S. Department of Defense as well as the first African-American Secretary of State, Powell was a great statesman and a global icon in every sense of it.
President Buhari recounts that as U.S Secretary of State, Powell played a very important role in advancing his country’s foreign policy and national defense interests.
The statement, signed by the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, the President notes that Powell was also a great advocate for the eradication of Polio and in addressing the deadly spread of HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.
It says President Buhari’s prayers and thoughts are with General Powell’s family and the people of the United States as they mourn the death of an exceptional leader and one of America’s greatest pride, who as a professional soldier, a distinguished public servant, and an effective diplomat, gave his utmost for his country.