Powell understood Africa, a trusted colleague, says Obasanjo


.Late Colin Powell

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has described the late former United States of America  Secretary of State, Gen. Colin Powell as one who understood Africa during his lifetime.

He said late Powell was indeed a trusted colleague and Comrade-in-arm, whose closeness as an African-American with the mother Africa assisted in the growth of the continent.

In a release by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Akinyemi, a copy which was made to our correspondent on Monday, Obasanjo said, “General Powell’s tenure in office marked a significant departure from the traditional relations between Africa and the United States.

“He was Secretary of State under the administration of President George W. Bush, Jnr, part of the time I was President of Nigeria.  He was not just an African-American, he was an African-American who understood Africa. That is what I found in him when he was Secretary of State.

“With him, among others, I have always seen advantage in the closeness of the African-Americans with the mother Africa. It is mutually good and beneficial for the Africans at home and for our brothers and sisters in diaspora in the US, Caribbean or Southern America.

“I cherished our relationship for the good of humanity in general and especially for the good of our race which collectively is the most abused, despised and disregarded race in modern history. He was indeed a trusted colleague and Comrade-in-Arm,” Obasanjo was quoted as having said.

The former President noted that the news of Powell’s death was received with sadness, stressing that, “his death is a great loss not only to his immediate family and to the United States of America but also to the entire world.

“Though the world, particularly Africa, would miss him, his legacies would continue to inspire many to reach the highest points of their productive, political and creative abilities. May God grant his soul perfect peace and rest,” Obasanjo stated.

Colin Powell, the first Black US secretary of state and top military officer, has died at the age of 84 on Monday due to complications from Covid-19 as reported by CNN.

“We have lost a remarkable and loving husband, father,grandfather and a great American,” his family said, thanking the staff of the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center near Washington who treated Mr Powell, but providing few details about his illness.His family said that Powell was fully vaccinated against Covid-19.



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