Jonathan, world leaders mourn Margaret Thatcher
President Goodluck Jonathan has joined other world leaders in mourning the death of former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher describing her as one of the world's greatest leaders.
In a condolence message signed by the President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, he said 'having already attained a legendary status in her lifetime after positively transforming Britain forever in her eleven and half years as Prime Minister, Baroness Thatcher will, with her passage today formally take her place in history as one the greatest world leaders of our time'.
He noted that 'Baroness Thatcher will be eternally honoured for serving her country with immense passion and strong-willed determination as well as for the great transformation that resulted from her economic and social policies which laid the solid basis for the remarkable economic growth that was witnessed in Britain under the Conservative Government that she led.
British Prime Minister, David Cameron said she had been a “great Briton” while US President Barack Obama called her a “great champion of freedom and liberty”.
After cutting short a trip to Europe to return to London, Mr Cameron described Lady Thatcher as “the patriot prime minister” and the country’s “greatest peacetime” leader.
While acknowledging that she had “divided opinion”, Mr Cameron said she had “taken a country that was on its knees and made it stand tall again.
“Margaret Thatcher loved this country and served it with all she had,” he said. “For that she has her well-earned place in history – and the enduring respect and gratitude of the British people.”
While German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would “never forget her part in surmounting the division of Europe and at the end of the Cold War”.