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Buhari Mourns Cuban Leader, Fidel Castro

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BEVERLY HILLS, November 27, (THEWILL) – President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his condolence at the passing on of former Cuban revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro.

The president said he received the news of Mr. Castro with profound sadness but revealed that he was delighted that the Cuban leader lived to see his country's improved ties with the United States.

“On behalf of the Federal Government, President Buhari offers deepest condolences to Cuban President Raul Castro, and the people of Cuba on the passing early Saturday of the legendary leader, who passionately served his people for almost half a century,” Buhari said in a statement by his spokesperson, Femi Adesina.

He assured Cubans of the sympathy and solidarity of all Nigerians as they mourn the exit of “this remarkable leader who against all odds stirred uncommon development in sports, education and healthcare sectors of his nation, even to the benefit of other nations.

“As a great friend to Africa, countries in the Global South and the Non-Aligned Movement, President Buhari believes that Castro's place in history is assured, given his sustained successful commitment and towering role in the liberation and anti-colonialism struggles in Africa.”

Castro died on Saturday at age 90 with reports indicating that his funeral has been set for December while his brother insisted that he is to be cremated.

Story by Oputah David