The president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (Retd.), has praised the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, and said that history will favor him for putting Russian interests ahead of his political ambition. .
“Although Gorbachev’s political career has been consumed by those reforms, history and posterity will favor him as he puts the interests of the Soviet people above his own ambition,” Garba Shehu read in a statement signed by the president’s spokesman on Wednesday. declaration.
Russian news agencies reported on Tuesday that he died in Moscow at the age of 91.
“Michail Sergeevich Gorbachev died tonight after a serious and prolonged illness,” the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow said, quoted by the news agencies Interfax, TASS and RIA Novosti.
Gorbachev, 91, served from 1985 to 1991, helping to take US-Soviet relations out of the Cold War.
In tribute to the former Soviet leader, Buhari described Gorbachev as “a courageous reformer who will be remembered for years to come for his immeasurable contributions to world peace and openness in his own once rigidly closed society.”
He said: “The late Gorbachev was a remarkable gentleman whose reformist agenda had fundamentally changed Soviet society through his policies of Perestroika and Glasnost, both of which paved the way for economic and political transformation of his own country and that of others in the defunct Soviet -Union.Union.
“Although Gorbachev’s political career was consumed by those reforms, history and posterity will favor him because he puts 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 also had implications for the rest of the world, such as his voluntary dissolution of the Warsaw Pact military alliance in the pursuit of permanent world peace.”
The president added that “we cannot easily forget how Gorbachev, during his meeting with Ronald Reagan, advocated the destruction of nuclear weapons by both the former Soviet Union and the United States.
“Although Gorbachev died without realizing his dream of a nuclear-free world, his sincere commitment to lasting international peace and security would never be forgotten.”