Niger observes three days of national mourning in memory of Mandela

Niamey, Niger (PANA) – The Niger government has declared three days of national mourning in memory of the former South African president Nelson Mandela who died Thursday night at age 95 in Johannesburg.

The national flag of Niger will fly at half-mast in the whole country during the three days.

“We are sad because Africa has lost a great man, a giant; not only Africa but also the whole world,” Niger president Mahamadou Issoufou said on Friday.

Describing Mandela as the greatest politician of the 20th century, he said “he was an example for all of us”.

"Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years. He fought for the restoration of human dignity. When he was released, he pardoned and attached great importance to reconciliation between the two antagonizing factions,” the president declared.
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07 december 2013 10:48:35

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