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Buhari Pays Tribute To Last Leader Of Ex Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev

President Muhammadu Buhari has paid his last respect to the last head of the former Soviet Union, Mr. Mikhail Gorbachev.

The President, who reacted to the demise of Gorbachev at 91 on Tuesday, described the deceased as “a courageous reformer who will be remembered for years to come because of his immeasurable contributions to world peace and openness in his own once rigidly closed society.”

President Buhari said, “The late Gorbachev was a remarkable gentleman whose reformist agenda had fundamentally changed the Soviet society through his policy of Perestroika and Glasnost, both of which set the stage for the economic and political transformation of his own country and that of others in the defunct Soviet Union.”


The President, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Garba Shehu further said, “Although Gorbachev’s political career was consumed by those reforms, history, and posterity will be kind to him for placing the interests of the Soviet people above his own ambition.”

“The impact of Gorbachev’s legacy was not limited to the former Soviet Union, but it also affected the wider world, such as his voluntary dissolution of the Warsaw Pact military alliance in pursuit of permanent peace in the world.

“We cannot forget in a hurry how Gorbachev advocated for the destruction of nuclear weapons by both the former Soviet Union and the United States during his meeting with Ronald Reagan. although Gorbachev died without achieving his dream of a nuclear-free world, his genuine commitment to durable international peace and security would never be forgotten.”



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