Nyankol died while undergoing treatment in Juba on 22 September and had in 2010 during the general elections campaigned for the governor against his main rival from African National Congress Party (ANC) Gabriel Kuc Abyei.
“Nyankol could be remembered as mother to South Sudanese nationals. She was a visionary woman who fought strongly for the recognition of her homeland Abyei,” he said.
The SPLM secretary for Information, Culture and Communication Bol Makueng Yuol describe Nyankol as a symbol of peace in South Sudan. He said that South Sudan has lost a great person.
“We were expecting Nyankol to completely witness the Abyei protocol and to celebrate with people of Abyei.
Nyankol had composed many liberation songs about the issue of Abyei region.
The Government for the Republic of South Sudan official spokesperson Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Ms Nyankol’s death was a great loss to the people of South Sudan and particularly to the people of Abyei.
He said she wrote inspiring songs during the struggle and told the history of South Sudan and of Abyei through her songs.
Marial said the government was flying the late Nyankol’s remains to her final resting place for burial but did not disclose the burial will take place.
Nyankol was a native of Abyei Ngok Dinka. Many South Sudanese citizens have sent in tributes to the great icon for having composed courageous songs which she will be remembered for.