His Excellency Jacob G Zuma
Republic of South Africa
Dear Mr. President:
It is with feelings of great sorrow that we in the Oromo Liberation
Front and the Oromo people at large learned the passing of Mr. Nelson
Mandela, the first elected President of South Africa and a true freedom
-fighting icon. On behalf of the Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) and the
Oromo people, I wish to convey my deepest condolences and sympathies to
you and the people of South Africa during this time of national
mourning. The passing of Former President Mandela is a tremendous loss
not only to South Africa and Africa alone but to the whole world.
The world and Africa in particular has lost an extraordinary
statesman; a true freedom fighter whose moral strength, dedication and
determination liberated his people from the evil of apartheid and set a
genuine example for the rest of world. This gallant son and leader of
Africa, through his unconditional sacrifices and heroism transformed his
beloved country, South Africa, into peaceful multiracial nation that
continues to serve as an example of a true and genuine national
reconciliation in the world.
We, Oromo, have very fond memories of Mr. Mandela’s secret visit to
our country in 1962, where he was hosted by General Taddasa Biru, an
Oromo hero, founder of the OLF and leader who was murdered by the
Ethiopian regime in 1975, while in struggle for the liberation of his
own people. General Taddasa Biru trained and prepared Mr. Mandela for
armed struggle. Because of this connection in particular, Mr. Nelson
Mandela has become a source of inspiration for those of us struggling
for freedom, equality, peace and reconciliation. We will greatly miss
this freedom icon and giant son of Africa.
History will remember President Nelson Mandela as a great man and
hero. Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela’s legacy will live on and inspire
generations to come.
At this moment, our prayers are with the people of South Africa and
President Mandela’s family in particular and we hope that they will find
strength and solace to overcome their sorrow during this period of deep
May his soul rest in eternal peace!
Oromo Libertion Front– National Council