Buhari pays tribute to Peres, urges Middle-East leaders to embrace legacy of peace


By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari on has described the late President and Prime Minister of Israel, Shimon Perez as a leader with unparalleled vision, wisdom and high experience in diplomacy that would not be soon forgotten in the Middle East.
Buhari in a tribute to the late Israeli leader also urged the current crop of leaders in the Middle East to emulate the shinning example of Mr Perez in making conscious effort to promote peace in that part of the world.
The tribute signed by the Presidency spokesman, Femi Adesina read: “On behalf of the Federal Government and all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari extends condolences to the government and people of the State of Israel over the passing of former President and Prime Minister, Shimon Peres.
“President Buhari joins the global community and world leaders in mourning the former two-time Prime Minister and President of Israel, whose visionary leadership, voice of wisdom and unparalleled experience of diplomacy in the Middle East will continue to resonate in the long search for peace in the region.
“As a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 alongside Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, the President believes the statesmanship and patriotism displayed by Peres in signing the Oslo Accord, the subsequent treaties for a two-state solution, was most quintessential, and should be followed through so that the younger generations will inherit peace and harmony.
“Looking into the towering national and global records of the late Israeli statesman, President Buhari affirms that Peres served firmly, faithfully and dutifully in building a modern Israeli state, and also rose to the occasion when the world desperately needed a heart of love, magnanimity and understanding to heal the wounds of hostility in the region.
“President Buhari joins the world in celebrating the warm memory of gentleness, goodness and kindness that Peres leaves behind for other leaders to emulate in serving their country and working for humanity.
“He prays that the Almighty God will grant him eternal rest, and comfort members of his family.”


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