While the late Dr. Nelson Mandela was campaining to be the first black president of South Africa in 1994...
He promised to unite a fragmented nation.
He promised to be a president for all, as would be expected of a genuine national leader.
He promised to spend only one term in office.
He promised to lead from the front at all times.
He promised to lead by example.
He promised to reposition South Africa, handing opportunities to the black majority while not dissuading the white minority from pursuing their goals within lawful ambit and as long as such pursuit was in the nation's best interest.
He promised to retire to his village after his one and only term as president.
All these promises he fulfilled!
Although the Madiba retired to his village in 1999 with a strong warning to "be left alone and allowed to rest", the world refused to leave him alone till he breathed his last on December 5, 2013 - upon which the world also honoured him with a most befitting farewell.
It's been 21 years since Mandela left power and seven years since his passing. Till this moment, not a single story has emerged of him abusing his office or unlawfully enriching himself and family and friends or even bringing his country to disrepute through his action or inaction.
For the avoidance of doubt, I cannot say Mandela was a saint. But, I can say he was honourable and truly exemplary.
Unconfirmed reports said of how Mandela lamented till death of a giant far away, sleeping when it should wake up and get working. But, there are indications these days that the giant has elevated from sleeping to snoring, apparently unmindful of the disastrous consequences.
One question, though: since leaders in this place love copying things from other people in other places so much, why have they not found Mandela's honourable and exemplary life in office worthy to copy?