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17:25  26 november  2020
17:25  26 november  2020 Source:   rmcsport.bfmtv.com

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President Muhammadu Buhari has paid tributes to Mamadou Tandja , the former President of Niger Republic who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82. Reacting to the news of his death, President Buhari said: “I am extremely sad to know of the demise of Mamadou Tandja

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Mamadou Tandja, alors président du Niger, le 27 mars 2009 © FRANCOIS MORI Mamadou Tandja, then president of Niger, March 27, 2009

President of Niger Mahamadou Issoufou, former heads of state and foreign diplomats returned Thursday at the presidential palace a last tribute to the former head of state Mamadou Tandja who died Tuesday in Niamey at the age of 82, noted an AFP journalist.

"To your country, your dear Niger, you gave everything, including yourself, convinced that your mission is precisely to be at the service of this people, in particular of its rural world, of women and of the youth", said in the funeral oration Mamane Oumarou, a former Prime Minister under the military regime of Seïni Kountché (1974-1987) in which Mamadou Tandja had participated.

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Despite his repression of the Tuareg and his attempt to remain in power at the end of his two terms, ex-president Mamadou "Baba" Tandja (1999-2010) remains a figure adored for his fight against poverty and his austerity.

His official funeral was organized in the courtyard of the presidential palace. Among the guests was General Salou Djibo, the head of the military junta who dismissed him in 2010.

His ten children, comrades in arms and former collaborators of the former president, traditional and religious leaders were also present.

Verses from the Koran and military fanfare resounded upon the arrival of the coffin covered with the red-white-green colors of Niger.

"The disappearance of President Tandja afflicts the whole of the Nigerien people", he "gave of himself with a lot of self-sacrifice and sacrifice", declared to the press the ex-president Mahamame Ousmane (1993-1996 ) and who had led Parliament for ten years under the Tandja regime.

Moukaïlla Sanda, a former minister of Mamadou Tandja keeps the deceased "the image of an affable man, very rigorous, who liked work and who stopped at nothing in relation to the interests of the country".

"It is not for nothing that it has remained popular", he noted.

Mamadou Tandja will be buried in Maïné-Sorao, his native village, in the Diffa region (south-east), the scene since 2015 of attacks by Boko Haram Islamists.

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