15 September 2012

Angola: Agostinho Neto Bequeaths Sovereign People

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Recently re-elected President of Angola’ Jose Eduardo dos Santos during campaigns (file photo).

Luanda — The first President of the Republic of Angola, António Agostinho Neto, bequeathed to the country a sovereign, free and independent people, who he led to human fraternity, understanding and harmony among nations, capable of giving its contribution worldwide.

This was said on Friday in Luanda by the chairperson of the António Agostinho Neto Foundation (FAAN), Maria Eugénia Neto, during a seminar themed "Let us honour the legacy of Agostinho Neto, by strengthening the country's military defence".

During her speech, she stated that the name of the founder of the Angolan nation is a flag that flies over the African continent, urging youths to searching within them, the sources of kindness, perseverance and mutual help, so as to achieve the goals outlined.

"Agostinho Neto was the great libertarian hero, whom we expected. He emerged at the forefront as the leader, followed by all the heroes of the Angolan people, who made this victory possible and who will be immortal alongside their leader", she said.

She added that, Agostinho Neto is an unforgettable and compelling figure among the people of Angola, Africa and the world, taking into account his magnitude, whether as a politician, physician and or a poet.

During the lecture, under the celebrations of the 90th birthday of the founder of the Angolan nation, to be marked on September 17, Maria Eugenia Neto praised the performance of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA) in the defence of the motherland and the ideals of the Angolan heroes.

Chaired by General Chief of Staff of FAA, Geraldo Nunda Sachipengo, commanders of the three branches of the FAA (Army, Navy and National Air Force), generals, admirals, officers, captains, sergeants and soldiers attended the seminar.

September 17, "National Hero's Day", is a national holiday established in 1980 by the then People's Assembly, a year after his death by illness on September 10, 1979 in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

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