Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak who ruled for nearly 30 years before he was overthrown by a popular revolt that swept across the Arab world in 2011 has died, state media reported on Tuesday. He was 91.
Mubarak rose to power in 1981 after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat without his charisma, and declared an emergency law throughout his entire presidency that kept political opponents in prison without trial, many tortured and executed.
Through decades of repression, corruption and cronyism, Mubarak was able to keep a grip on power for 30 years only to be deposed by the military following massive street protests in 2011.
He was tried and released and was able to witness the demise of the revolution that overthrew him. The leader who emerged from that revolution Mohammed Morsi was arrested and jailed. He died last year.
The Washibgton Post described him as a “war hero who styled himself as a bulwark against Islamist extremism” and “portrayed his regime as indispensable to the West — and to the United States in particular”.
“He wooed American presidents, drawing encomiums from Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton as an indispensable partner in keeping the peace in a region where that was a rare commodity,” The Post said.
The Post added that “compared with his predecessor, Mr. Mubarak was considered flat and uncharismatic. He was a leader without flash or flair, and he had no taste for surprises. Egyptians said he had no personality. He was not a natural politician. But he was brutally efficient”.
In a statement Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condoled with government and people of Egypt over the passing of Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday.
The President commiserated with family, friends and associates of the former military pilot, who ruled the country for more than 29 years, pursuing peace within the country, and with neighboring countries, and leaving a legacy of stability and loyalty to the flag.
As a public servant, President Buhari said he believes Mubarak’s sacrifices for his country, and the continent, will always be remembered.