President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday joined people and government of Tunisia in mourning President Beji Caid Essebsi who died at the age of 92.
According to him, the death of Essebsi, who is the first democratically elected leader of the North African country, will create a vacuum in the polity.
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The President, therefore, urged the citizens of Tunisia to find encouragement and solace in the legacies of their late leader.
“His death marks the end of an era in the politics of Tunisia. The country has lost a father figure,” President Buhari was quoted as saying in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu.
He added, “The Nigerian government and people extend heartfelt condolences to his family and the government and people of Tunisia.”
The President of Tunisia has declared a state of emergency giving security forces more powers after a bomb attack on a bus full of presidential guards in Tunis killed at least 12 people.
President Beji Essebsi announced the state of emergency on Tuesday evening.
The explosion, during rush hour in the city’s main avenue, was an attack, a presidential source said.
Tunisia has been targeted by the Islamic State group, including an attack by a gunman on the beach resort of Sousse in June, killing 38 people, mostly foreign tourists.
Tunisia had imposed a state of emergency after the attack.
The North African state is believed to be the biggest exporter of jihadis, with the authorities saying at least 3,000 of its nationals are fighting in Iraq and Syria.