The Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF), on Saturday, paid glowing tributes to late Head of State, General Murtala Muhammed, saying he remains a beacon and shining light of for Africa 46 years after his death.
On February 13, 1976, the Gen Muhammed was assassinated in an abortive coup detat led by Col Buka Suka Dimka, ending abruptly the life of a Pan-Africanist.
A statement issued by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the foundation, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, commemorating the 46th anniversary of his death, noted that his legacy remained strong in the hearts and minds of Nigerians.
According to the foundation, the name Murtala Muhammed has become synonymous with a fierce and committed leader who stood tall in the belief that Nigeria is endowed with the resources necessary to develop and serve as a beacon and shining light for the rest of Africa.
The statement reads in part: “He was no doubt a firm believer in a peaceful and united and strong Nigeria within an integrated and prosperous Africa.”
As tribute to the late leader, she noted that the foundation, which was founded 20 years ago, had achieved significant success in accordance with his philosophy.
Muhammed-Oyebode urged Nigerians to use this years’ remembrance day of his assassination to reflect on the legacies of the late leader and his vision for Nigeria and as a source of introspection in order to continue to implement his legacies and to continue to support the country with prayers.