Former President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has written a condolence message in tribute to the late Gen Colin Powell.
The 84-year-old who was the first Black secretary of state passed away from COVID-19 complications Monday.
Reacting to the news, Jonathan hailed Powell for paving the way for many blacks by becoming the first secretary of state of colour.
He, however, added that the war hero served as a beacon of hope for the black race and would be greatly missed but noted that his indelible footprints will remain in the sands of time.
Jonathan wrote: “Until the election of President Barack Obama in 2008, Colin Powel was the highest-ranking African American to have served in the public sector of the United States. In that capacity, he served as a beacon of hope and was a pride of the Black Race.
“His stellar military career, which saw him become the first Black Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which pivoted him to also becoming the first US Secretary of State of colour, paved the way for other African Americans to reach for the top. His articulation of the Powell Doctrine gave the United States, and the world at large, a new paradigm for engaging in military action with honour and decorum.
“As Secretary of State, he was known for his tactful management of America’s foreign relations, of which he extended a right hand of fellowship to the Yar’adua administration when I was Vice President.
“His death at 84 after a long, useful and fulfilled life, is mourned by my family and me, as well as the Goodluck Jonathan Foundation. He left solid and indelible footprints in the sands of time and would be greatly missed. Our prayers are with his family at this trying time for them.”