Mandela: Nigeria declares 3 days of mourning

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - Nigeria's president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Friday ordered Nigerians to observe three days of mourning in honour of the former South African President, Dr. Nelson Mandela, who passed away Thursday.

A press statement, issued here by the president's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said flags are to be flown at half-mast across Nigeria during the period.

It said that President Jonathan has called on all Nigerians to unite in solidarity with the "brotherly people of South Africa as they mourn the great liberator, freedom fighter and hero of the black race".

The president also called for special prayers in mosques and churches in Nigeria during the period of mourning which begins Friday, for the peaceful repose of Mandela’s soul.

It added that a special inter-denominational memorial service for Mandela will be held at the State House Chapel on Sunday.
-0- PANA PR/VAO 6Dec2013

06 december 2013 15:04:22




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