President Maithripala Sirisena has said that the late Asgiriya Mahanayake the Most Ven. Galagama Atthadassi Thera has rendered yeoman services for the wellbeing of the nation and the country. The President made this observation issuing a message of condolence on the death of the Asgiriya Chief Prelate.
President Maithripala Sirisena said that the passing away of the Mahanayake Thera is a great loss not only to the entire Sri Lankan nation but also to Buddhists all over the world. He possessed the great ideal of addressing all those who approach with maithri. Although he held a noble position, he adorned his position rather than using it to adorn himself. He was a moderator who had studied Sinhala, Pali, Sanskrit and Tamil Languages. The President in his condolence message wished the Mahanayake Thera may attain Nibbana.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe has also issued a condolence message in view of the demise of the Asgiriya Mahanayake Thera. The Prime Minister said that the sudden death of the Asgiriya Chief Prelate who dedicated himself to the unity of the Three Nikayas is an irreparable loss to the Sri Lankans. He said he was greatly saddened after hearing the news about the death of the Most Ven. Galagama Sri Atthadassi Thera. He mediated himself for the creation of the Bikkhu Dialogue on behalf of the consolidating the dignified existence of the Bikkhuhood. The late prelate highly appreciated the social political change that took place in the country. The Prime Minister pointed out that that the Asgiriya Chief Prelate frequently discussed the initiatives that should be taken for the welfare of the country as well as the Sasana. The Prime Minister recalled with gratitude the strength and courage he received from the frequent advice given by the Mahanayake Thera. In his condolence message the Prime Minister pointed out that the services discharged by the Asgiriya Mahanayake Thera on behalf of the country and the nation should be acclaimed.