New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has been praised as a true leader for the way she has so far reacted following the Christchurch mosque shootings.
The terrorist who opened fire on two mosques in New Zealand killed 51 people and left many fighting for their lives.
Following the terror attack by a white supremacist, Jacinda Ardern stepped into her position as a leader and not only condemned the attack but offered consolation to the families of the victims and even visited Christchurch Muslims.
She also vowed never to speak the name of the Christchurch gunman and said the person responsible would face the “full force of the law”.
In an impassioned speech to the country’s parliament, Ms Ardern implored others “to speak the names of those who are lost, rather than the name of the man who took them”.
He sought many things from his act of terror but one was notoriety. That is why you will never hear me mention his name.
Ms Ardern has received international praise for her reaction to the incident. She’s been praised for her resolve and compassion.
“A day after the attack, Ardern led a multi-party group to visit grieving families and Muslim community members,” John Mair and Praveen Menon wrote.
“Wearing a black head scarf, she hugged relatives and let them set the pace and agenda as she listened and offered comfort.”
Journalist John Flint said Jacinda Ardern, 38, was a “pillar of strength”.
He wrote: “Whether it was at her media conference in the immediate aftermath of the Christchurch mosque massacre on Friday or comforting the devastated Muslim community in the shaken city yesterday, the 38-year-old leader has displayed the right balance of strength and compassion in the aftermath of the atrocity that killed 49 and injured 39 more”.
Chris Urqhart said Ms Ardern is the kind of leader Australia desperately needs.
He wrote: “Where other leaders have baulked at immediately showing their hand, offering only epithets, or thoughts and prayers, she had resolve. Where others might fear the political consequences of acting, she feared the human consequences of failing to act.”
People also took to different social media platforms to praise the New Zealand Prime Minister.
US Senate candidate Qasim Rashid tweeted: “What a powerful example of compassion and leadership. May she & her nation prosper in love & peace.
Australian TV host Osher Gunsberg also compared Ms Ardern to local politicians.
“Australia has an election in a few months. Please, please give us someone like Jacinda Ardern to vote for. Please.” he wrote.
Belgian-Egyptian journalist Khaled Diab wanted NZ to export Ms Ardern’s compassion to other countries.
“Too bad that leaders cannot be imported. Jacinda Ardern is sorely needed in other parts of the world. New Zealand should consider lending her out,” he wrote.