Obama shared his worries on Mandela’s 100th birthday


Johannesburg: On the fortunate eve of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, former US President Obama commemorated the anti-apartheid leader. He praised him for his impeccable abilities to stand for human rights, just like a one-man army.

Amongst the crowd of around 14,000 people, gathered in the cricket stadium, Obama spoke about the uncertain times which ‘we are facing’ and might face in the coming time. Not taking his name directly, Obama reprimanded on Trump’s policies.

Obama showed his concern on changing times and simultaneously warned people by stating – “To say our vision of the future is better is not to say that it will inevitably win.” He emphasized the belief in income equality, fighting climatic change, and giving education rights in order to make the world better.

Attacking on the “strongman politics”, he said, “those in power seek to undermine every institution … that gives democracy meaning”. He also shared his concern on how the struggle for basic justice has not yet finished.

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Saying that he is not being an alarmist he added, he is just stating facts and asked people to remain aware. It was quite obvious that he was rebuking on Trump’s policies while not taking his name.

Obama expressed his contentment on Madiba’s (Mandela) 100th birthday on Twitter.

Mandela’s widow Graca Machel and present South African President Cyril Ramaphosa was present there to greet Obama. Obama urged the audience to respect human rights and believe in equal opportunities while Cyril expressed how Obama is similar to Mandela along with mocking him of not being a better dancer like Mandela.