Former President of Kenya, Arap Moi, remains one of the foremost leaders of decolonisation of Africa and a founding father of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), according to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Mr Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari today at the State Funeral for the late Arap Moi at Nyayo National Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya, was among leaders who delivered tributes in honour of the departed African leader.
According to him, “many of us in Africa will remember him in particular for the pioneering work that he did especially with respect to regional cooperation.”
“He was, as we have heard, very instrumental in the resuscitation of the East African Community along with President Museveni and others. He was also very instrumental in COMESA and even the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, IGAD.”
IGAD is the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an eight-country trade bloc in the Continent, composed of countries on the Horn of Africa and the Nile Valley, including Kenya.
Mr Osinbajo also said via a press release sent in Monday evening that, “these are the precursors of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement arrangements we are making today and to which almost every African country has subscribed. And it will define the future of trade and relations in Africa.”
Thanking God for the life of the former president, Mr Osinbajo added: “we believe that the Almighty God whom he served through his life has already received him even now.”
Meanwhile, the host president, Uhuru Kenyatta, in his remarks regarded the former President Moi as a peacebuilder, an educationist and nationalist. He said Mr Moi worked with his father, Jomo Kenyatta, to ensure the socio-political and economic development of Kenya.
Other leaders who paid glowing tributes to the late former President, included Presidents Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda, among others.
The late Moi was the second and longest-serving President of Kenya, from 1978 to 2002.
He died on February 4 at the age of 95.