Tanzania’s President John Magafuli has died on wednesday of heart attack at the age of 61.
Magafuli who was skeptical of covid-19 was suspected to have caught the virus. He had not been seen in public since the end of February , it was reported that he was down with a heart condition.
In a condolence message to Tanzania, Nigeria’s ex-president Goodluck Jonathan described him as a true partner in democracy and a man who loved his country.
See full text of condolence message:
A Condolence Message To The Government and People of Tanzania
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.
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.
May God grant his soul repose, and may He comfort the grieving nation.
Dr. Goodluck Jonathan
President of Nigeria, 2010-2015.