GITEGA June 23rd (ABP) – The President of the Republic of Burundi, Mr. Evariste Ndayishimiye, together with his wife, joined the Christians of the Catholic parish Saint Francis of Assisi in Magarama on Sunday June 21 Gitega urban center (central Burundi), in the Sunday Mass dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ.
Before the Mass closed, Mr. Ndayishimiye spoke to the audience. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to the parish priest for the warm welcome given to him. He said that this was the first mass he attended as Head of State.
He also told the audience that he was bringing him a message of comfort and consolation at this time of national mourning following the demise of his predecessor, the late President Pierre Nkurunziza.
“It is very sad to have lost our president, but it is not good to accompany him with tears when you know that he passed away after having worked a lot for the country.” He led the elections that led to the installation of a new ruling class to succeed him, he said.
Mr. Ndayishimiye said Burundi would have fallen into chaos if the demise had occurred before the said elections. “The late President Nkurunziza also deserves consideration in more ways than one,” he said, explaining that he was an artisan of the cult of nationalism, through the national solidarity observed during the painful moments of some people and the cult of neighborly love, through charitable works for the poor, such as poor families, widowers, orphans and marginalized groups formerly reserved for religious denominations.
“The late President Nkurunziza taught the Burundian people to pray and to give pride of place to the Creator,” said President Ndayishimiye, who suggested to his audience that the illustrious disappeared rests in the kingdom of heaven.
President Ndayishimiye also raised awareness on the prevention of Covid-19. He thanked the Almighty for having protected the Burundians against this scourge, while specifying that one deplores a victim so far and that the cases tested positive are all healed.
The President of the Republic of Burundi invited everyone to follow the barrier gestures recommended by the ministry in charge of Public Health to protect themselves and their neighbor because, he advised, the jargon “help yourself and heaven will help you “must be our guide. In case of symptoms of this disease, he recommended going immediately to health facilities and cut short with the words of the charlatans.
Previously, the parish priest, who presided over the mass, had expressed, in his welcoming speech, his sincere congratulations to President Evariste Ndayishimiye for his ascent to the conduct of the destinies of the country. He wished him good health so that he could conduct Burundi on the path of sustainable development.
President Ndayishimiye was with the president and the first Deputy President of the Burundi Senate, respectively Mr. Réverien Ndikuriyo and Mrs. Spès-Caritas Njebarikanuye, of the deputy elected in the constituency of Gitega, Mr. Georges Nshimirimana, of the provincial governor and of the administrator of Gitega commune.