President Muhammadu Buhari lays a wreath in memory of Holocaust victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim, Poland. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. DEC 4 2018.

President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, in Oświęcim, Poland, where he paid tribute to Holocaust victims.

After an hour and 10 minutes guided tour of the Museum, devoted to the memory of the victims who died at both camps during World War II, President Buhari penned a hand-written tribute in the visitor’s book, quoting Shakespeare’s  ”Julius Caesar”.

PRESIDENT BUHARI VISITS AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM, POLAND. President Muhammadu Buhari lays a wreath in memory of Holocaust victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim, Poland. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. DEC 4 2018.

The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.  

The President also laid a wreath at Block 11 of the museum, known as the ‘‘Death block.’’ Here, according to an epitaph in the Block: ”Male and female prisoners from all parts of the camp complex where held in this building…following brutal interrogations, they were in most cases sentenced to death by shooting.”

Later and shortly before leaving the Museum, which includes the Nazi concentration camps Auschwitz I and Auschwitz II-Birkenau, President Buhari, fielding questions from State House Correspondents traveling with him, described those fanning embers of discord in Nigeria as ”illiterates and ignorant.”

PRESIDENT BUHARI VISITS AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM, POLAND. President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and other officials proceed to lays a wreath in memory of Holocaust victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim, Poland. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. DEC 4 2018.

The President is on Day Four of his visit to Poland, where he had attended the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference in Katowice, delivered his national address at the 12-day meeting of COP24, met with several world leaders and visited the impressive Nigerian pavilion at the climate summit.

PRESIDENT BUHARI VISITS AUSCHWITZ-BIRKENAU MEMORIAL AND MUSEUM, POLAND. President Muhammadu Buhari flanked by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama and other Nigerian officials as he proceeds to lay a wreath in memory of Holocaust victims at Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in Oswiecim, Poland. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. DEC 4 2018.

The President had earlier attended a town-hall meeting with Nigerians in Poland, a day after his arrival in the country.

Malam Garba Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, to Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. Shehu served as director, Media and Publicity of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council. He was the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors many years ago.

Co Authors :

Sunday Aghaeze, an award winning photo journalist, is the Personal Assistant on Photography to Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. Prior to his appointment, he was a photo editor with THISDAY Newspapers in Abuja. He holds post-graduate diploma in Business Administration of University of Abuja, Higher National Diploma and National Diploma in Mass Communications, Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra and Auchi in Edo, respectively. A widely travelled photo-journalist, Aghaeze had covered the UN, World Bank, IMF, African First Ladies’ activities in several countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. He was 2007 Best Photo Journalist of the year, 2010 second runner up photo journalist at Prof. Wole Soyinka Award 2010 and 2017 media friendly photojournalist of the year award in Nigeria. He is also a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), ‎Photo-journalists Association of Nigeria (PJAN)

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