The Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has paid a tribute to the ex-Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe who passed on in the late hours of Thursday in Singapore, following a protracted illness.
Mr El-Rufai, in his Twitter handle on Friday, described Mr Mugabe as an African hero and leader that meant well for the continent.
The governor, however, chided the late Zimbabwean leader for stayed too long on the throne and ending tragically.
According to the governor, Mr Mugabe should have left when the ovation was still loud.
Mr El-Rufai, therefore, called on people on the leadership positions to groom successors and leave when the ovation is still loud.
He said: “May Robert Mugabe’s soul rest in peace. He started very well, stayed too long and ended tragically.
“An African hero all the same and a leader that honestly meant well. His life is a lesson for all in public leadership roles – groom successors and leave when the ovation is still loud!”
Meanwhile, a former South African Presidential Candidate and lawmaker, Julius Malema, expressed his sadness over the death of the Zimbabwean leader, saying that there was a need to continue the fight and protect his legacy.
“I’m saddened by the passing of our martyr & giant of the African Revolution cde President Robert Mugabe. Let’s continue the fight & protect his legacy.
“We must not allow our enemies to tell us how to remember him; we know our heroes. May his soul rest in revolutionary peace,” Mr Malema said.