The Burundian President, Pierre Nkurunziza breathed his last on June 9 after suffering a heart attack. After the announcement of the demise of the Burundian President whose term was to expire in August, African leaders have sent messages of condolence to Burundians.
The Government of Burundi stated, “The Government of the Republic of Burundi announces with great sadness the unexpected death of His Excellency Pierre Nkurunziza, President of the Republic of Burundi, at the Karusi Fiftieth Anniversary Hospital following a cardiac arrest on June 8, 2020.”
Pierre Nkurunziza’s wife, Denise Bucumi Nkurunziza has been admitted at a Nairobi hospital for COVID-19 few days earlier to his demise. In the May Presidential elections, Pierre Nkurunziza was not able to secure victory and Evariste Ndayishimiye won the election.
Several leaders across the African continent mourned his death. A statement from the Kenyan Presidency read, “President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence and comfort to the People of the Republic of Burundi and the family of His Excellency President Pierre Nkurunziza.”
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed wrote on Twitter, “I would like to express my condolences on the sudden passing of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Deepest sympathies to his family and the people of Burundi.”
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo also shared his message of condolence with Burundians. He said, “I hereby extend my sincere condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of Burundi. On behalf of the Citizens of the Federal Republic of Somalia and on my own behalf, we mourn the death of HE Pierre Nkurunziza. He was a great friend and ally of the Somalia.”
Former Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said, “I extend my deepest condolences to the Government and people of Burundi over the passing on of their President H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza who died suddenly on Tuesday.”
The country mourns its leader.