In the eve of Nelson Mandela’s Birthday, U.S President Barack Obama together with his wife Michelle Obama paid an official tribute on Tuesday to South African former president Nelson Mandela. They termed him as having ‘abiding humility’ characterized by ‘unbreakable will’. “On behalf of the people of the United States, we would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Nelson Mandela on the occasion of his 94th birthday and the fourth annual Nelson Mandela International Day,” said the U.S first family while issuing a statement in honor of the South Africa’s antiapartheid icon. “It’s evident to the entire globe that Mandela’s extraordinary life and steadfast commitment to the principles of reconciliation and democracy still do continue to be a beacon for people all over the world to strive for justice, dignity and freedom,” they said, while making a description of his personal story.
President Obama said that their family has been inspired by Mandela’s example and has deeply appreciated the time they managed to spend together with him. They showed their gratitude to the generosity, grace and spirit that he shared. It was stated that Nelson Mandela has indeed transformed his great country, continent and the whole world at large by his history. It would be recalled that on 11th of June 2011, Michelle Obama paid him a visit to South Africa together with her daughters. Later Bill Clinton, Obama’s predecessor hailed his ever close ties with Madiba before paying a visit to his childhood home in Qunu village where the South African leader grew up in his early days. “We’ve been working closely together as presidents and even after I left office, we still do continue working in unison to elevate the education standards of children worldwide,” said Bill Clinton. Mandela became president of South Africa from the year 1994-1999 after having spent over 27 years in the apartheid regime’s jails. He publicly announced his retirement from political life in the year 2004 and opted to spend more time with his family in his sunset years.
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