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Cablegate: Condolence Letter From President O. Obasanjo

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ABUJA 001035

SIPDIS

REAGAN CONDOLENCE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: OPDC
SUBJECT: CONDOLENCE LETTER FROM PRESIDENT O. OBASANJO

1. The following is the text of a condolence letter from
President Olusegun Obasanjo commemorating the death of
President Ronald Reagan. Original has been sent by pouch to
AF/W for delivery to the White House.

2. Begin text:

His Excellency,
President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC

Dear President,

Letter of Condolence
I received with sadness the news on the passing away of
former President Ronald Reagan on the 6th of June 2004 at the
ripe age of 93. On behalf of myself and my family, and the
entire people of Nigeria, kindly accept our heartfelt
condolence on this sad loss. Mr. Reagan's death is a loss
not only to his immediate family and to the United States of
America but also to the entire world.

Mr. Reagan's tenure in office marked a significant departure
from the traditional relations between Africa and the United
States. With the refocused and renewed emphasis on market
reforms, political and social accountability, and stronger
trade relations, his legacies have continued over the years
to shape Africa's relations with the United States. Mr.
Reagan's special interest in Nigeria was reflective of the
special relations between our two countries.

We join you and the American people in mourning the loss of a
political giant, an astute administrator, a courageous
leader, an erudite international statesman, and a great
American hero.

Though the world would miss him, his legacies would continue
to inspire many to reach the highest points of their
productive, political and creative abilities.

Once again, accept the deep sympathies of the people of
Nigeria. May God grant his soul perfect peace and rest.
Yours sorrowfully
(signature)
Olusegun Obasanjo

End text.
CAMPBELL

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