Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the late former Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, was a hugely respected figure on the continent because of his zeal, passion and selfless commitment to the emancipation of his country men and women and the self-realization of other black people elsewhere.

Osinbajo, according to a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, stated this on arrival in Harare for the funeral of the man who ruled the Southern African nation for 37 years.

Osinbajo who is  representing Nigeria at Mugabe’s funeral, later told Zimbabwean journalists who approached him at the airport that Mugabe was not only a great encouragement to the independent movements everywhere but more to the self-realisation for black people practically everywhere.

The vice president said the work that was done, not just by the frontline states, but by the likes of Nelson Mandela in South Africa and so many other African patriots; gave, especially sub-Saharan African countries to become frontline state.