Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday joined different world leaders in mourning the late former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi.
Professor Osinbajo who represented President Muhammadu Buhari on the state funeral for the late president, described Moi as one of many foremost leaders of decolonization of Africa and a founding father of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), whereas delivering his tribute.
According to him, “many in Africa will remember him in particular for the pioneering work that he did especially with respect to regional cooperation.”
“He was, as we have heard, very instrumental in the resuscitation of the East African Community along with President Museveni and others. He was also very instrumental in COMESA and even the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD,” Osinbajo mentioned – IGAD is the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an eight-country commerce bloc within the Continent, composed of nations on the Horn of Africa and the Nile Valley, together with Kenya.
The Vice President additional acknowledged: “these are the precursors of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement arrangements we are making today and to which almost every African country has subscribed. And it will define the future of trade and relations in Africa.”
Thanking God for the lifetime of former President Moi, Prof. Osinbajo added: “we believe that the Almighty God whom he served through his life has already received him even now.”
Host President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, in his remarks regarded the previous President Moi as a peacebuilder, an educationist and nationalist.
He mentioned Moi labored together with his father, Jomo Kenyatta, to make sure the socio-political and financial improvement of Kenya.
Other leaders who paid glowing tributes to the late former President, included Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, amongst others.
Late Daniel Arap Moi was the second and longest-serving President of Kenya, from 1978 to 2002. He died on the 4th of February, 2020 on the age of 95.