Buhari mourns the death of Zambia’s founding president, Kenneth Kaunda
Buhari mourns the death of Zambia’s founding president, Kenneth Kaunda who he described as Zambia’s founding father and independence nationalist.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), shares his deep condolences over the loss of the Zambia president, Kenneth Kaunda.
Buhari has described Zambia’s founding father and independence nationalist, Kenneth Kaunda, as “one of the greatest African and world leaders of all time who loved his country and people profoundly.”
Garba Shehu, The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, revealed this in a statement on Thursday, the 17th of June, 2021, titled ‘Kaunda was a great patriot who loved his people profoundly, says President Buhari.’
According to the statement written, “Reacting to Kaunda’s death at the age of 97, the President said ‘I have received his passing with great shock because I knew his contributions to the development of not only Zambia but also Africa at large.’
“According to President Buhari, ‘we can’t forget in a hurry how Kaunda gave shelter to anti-apartheid freedom fighters from South Africa and former Rhodesia.’
“The Nigerian leader noted that ‘the late Kaunda was one of the loudest voices for the liberation of Africa from colonialism and imperialism and he did so with passion and sincerity. It is impossible to reflect on Kaunda’s legacy without acknowledging his selflessness and passion for service.’”
Buhari extended his heart felt condolences and that of Nigeria to the family, the government and people of Zambia over Kaunda’s death.
The president has offered to be of massive support even in this time that the country of Zambia has lost a great man. He prayed for God to give strength to the family and loved ones to be able to bear the loss of their father, husband, grandfather, friend and so on.
Kenneth David Kaunda, was born in the month of April, on the 28th, 1924. He was born in Lubwa, near Chinsali, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) and died June 17, 2021, in Lusaka, Zambia). He was the politician who led Zambia to independence in 1964 and served as the country’s president until 1991.