Former U.S. President Barack Obama says the world is going through “strange [and] uncertain” times in a speech honouring anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.
“They are strange, they are uncertain. Each day’s news cycles bringing more headspinning and disturbing headlines,” Obama says in his first major public address since leaving office. “The international order is falling short of its promise. It is in part because of the failure of governments and elites. We are now returning to a more dangerous way of doing business.” Obama said.
NAN reports that South Africa celebrates the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth with a flagship speech by Obama and an outpouring of memories and tributes to the late anti-apartheid leader.
Obama set the tone for the celebrations with a speech in Johannesburg on July 17 that aides say will be his most important public address since leaving the White House in 2017.
The former U.S. president met Mandela only briefly in 2005 but gave a eulogy at his funeral saying Mandela “makes me want to be a better man” and hailing him as “the last great liberator of the 20th century”.