The President, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday, sympathised with the government and people of Mali over the death of the country’s former President, Amadou Toumani Toure.
Buhari’s condolence message was embodied in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, titled ‘President Buhari condoles with Mali over passing of former leader, Amadou Toumani Toure’.
The statement reads, “President Muhammadu Buhari sends heartfelt condolences to government and people of the Republic of Mali over the passing of former President, Amadou Toumani Toure.
“The President commiserates with family of the departed Malian leader, whose ten-year reign in the country contributed to the strengthening of political institutions, and measure of stability, starting with his presiding over a peaceful transition in the country as a military leader.
“President Buhari joins world leaders, particularly those from ECOWAS, in mourning the former President, whose wisdom and foresight also impacted greatly on the West Coast, as he always advocated dialogue over conflict, and believed strongly in the African voice. The President prays for the repose of the soul of the former Malian leader.”