President Muhammadu Buhari Monday condoled President Joe Biden, the government and the people of the United States on the passing of the former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell.
Powell was reported to have died of COVID-19 complications.
Buhari, in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, said 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.
He recounted that as U.S Secretary of State, Powell played a very important role in advancing his country’s foreign policy and national defense interests.
Buhari said the deceased was also a great advocate of the eradication of Polio and in addressing the deadly spread of HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.
“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,” the statement added.