Nelson Mandela: World Leaders In Standing Ovation For Departed Freedom Icon

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MandelaAt least 60 World leader including President Barack Obama of United States and Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria will be taking a front stage as the King of South  Africa’s Apartheid Freedom and World  leading Human rights activist, Nelson Mandela is laid to rest next weekend.

President Obama’s two immediate predecessors, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, who are among those honored to attend also will travel  to South Africa for the  memorial events for the departed soul of World freedom, Nelson Mandela,

The former South African leader died on Thursday at the age of 95.

Joining Obama’s train of traveler also is Obama’s wife, Michelle. She would be joined on Air Force One by Laura, ex-president Bush’s wife on the trip to South Africa next week.

President Clinton has always shown himself as an ardent admirer of Mandela, Having shown up with him in most invitations extended and has been the most American leader associated with Mandela since his freedom.

“It is a sign of Mandela’s importance as a world leader that the United States will be represented in South Africa by three American presidents”, expressed a media source.

 However, there has been an outpouring of tributes from across the world as the millions  are standing in high ovation for the departed former President and  former leader of African Nationa CVongres(ANC).

British Prime Minister, David Cameron in his accolade in the Parliament on Monday  described Nelson Mandela as a “towering figure” as he led MPs in tributes. The UK prime minister said Mr Mandela “didn’t see himself as a victim of history; he wrote it”.

Labour leader Ed Miliband called Mr Mandela an “enduring symbol of hope and the fight against injustice”.

Across the European Union,  people across Europe have been paying their respects to the departed anti-apartheid icon.

Flags were at half mast outside government buildings all over the continent last Friday, a day after Mandela’s departure and outside the European Commission building
in Brussels and even at  the UK Prime Minster’s residence in London, the sign od sober was obvious with the flags in half mast..

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso gave a statement after hearing of Mandela’s death, praising his “tolerance and
spirit of reconciliation”.

Protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square prayed for the fallen civil rights leader – along with other victims of injustice across the world as they continued their sit-in demonstration in the city centre in opposition to the government of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Outside the South African Embassy in Paris, floods of  flowers were deposited in memory of Mandela, who spent nearly a third of his life as a prisoner of conscience and apartheid fighter.

President Obama
President Obama

The African Union described Nelson Mandela’s departure as a “loss” to the continent.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chair of the African Union Commission of the 54-member bloc described  Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela  as a “pan-African icon.”

the commission’s flags since Mandela’s departure has been flying in  at half mast.

“Mandela has fought a good fight, and bowed out with great reverence,” she said.

“His passing on is a great loss to his family, to our continent and indeed to humanity itself,” Zuma added, herself a South African and the former wife of President  Jacob Zuma.

Obama, speaking on Thursday night shortly after Mandela’s death at age 95 was announced, said he was one of the “countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela’s life.”

Obama, America’s first black president, also said the first political action he took as a young man was attending a protest against apartheid.

Obama and Mandela last spoke in 2010 or 2011 and also spoke when Obama was first elected president in 2008.

Clinton told CNN he once asked Mandela how he managed to emerge from prison in the proper frame of mind to become his country’s president.

President Jonathan
President Jonathan

“He said, I was breaking rocks about 11 years into my prison term and I realized they had already taken so much from me. I had been physically and mentally abused. I had been deprived of seeing my children grow up. It ultimately destroyed my marriage.

“He said, ‘I realized they could take every single thing away from me except my mind and my heart. Those things I would have to give them. And I decided not to give them away.”