This was the message at the second annual memorial lecture of Nelson Mandela after his demise in December 5, 2013.
The Tanzanian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Daniel Njoolai, and his counterparts, who spoke at the memorial lecture in Abuja, decried the selfish and sit-tight syndrome of most African leaders.
According to them, Nelson Mandela’s selfless service to his people stands in sharp contrast to corruption and reluctance to relinquish power which has characterized some African leaders.
Daniel Njoolai commended former President Jonathan for conceding defeat in the last elections in Nigeria, urging African politicians to emulate this act.
The Deputy South African High Commissioner to Nigeria, Kenneth Pedro, also used the occasion to remember Nigeria’s contributions to the country’s independence.
Nelson Mandela led a team of other South Africans to earn the country its independence. He died on December 5, 2013 at the age of 95, 23 years after his release from prison in 1990.