Former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan, has described the late President of Tanzania, John Magufuli, as a patriot who loved his country.

Magufuli was announced dead yesterday in a statewide broadcast by the Vice President of Tanzania, Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Ex-President Jonathan who mourned the late president in a statement he personally signed consoled with the family of the deceased.

The statement read, “A bright star has been plucked from the African continent. President John Magufuli of Tanzania was a man I knew quite well, due to my frequent visits to Tanzania for the advancement of democracy in Africa. I found in him a true partner in democracy and a patriot who loved his country and did his best to steer the ship of state away from the brink and to the bank of the river of peace, progress, and prosperity.”

It added, “Tanzania has been blessed in the area of leadership and has enjoyed consistent stability because of men like Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, and his worthy successors like the late John Magufuli, and it is my hope and prayers that that beautiful and determined nation will continue this tradition. My condolences to his family, especially First Lady Janeth Magufuli, and their children, as well as the government and people of Tanzania. My thoughts go out also to his party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi.”


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