Jonathan declares three-day mourning for Mandela
konknaijaboy | On 06, Dec 2013
President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday declared three days of national mourning for former South African President, Dr. Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday.
According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, national flags would be flown at half-mast across the country during the mourning period.
The period will also feature special prayers in mosques and churches nationwide.
The mourning period is expected to be rounded up with a special inter-denominational memorial service to be held in honour of the deceased at the State House Chapel on Sunday.
The statement read, “President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning for former South African President, Dr. Nelson Mandela who passed away yesterday (on Thursday).
“Flags are to be flown at half-mast across Nigeria during the period and President Jonathan urges 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 calls for special prayers in mosques and churches in Nigeria during the period of mourning which begins today, for the peaceful repose of Dr. Mandela’s soul.
“A special inter-denominational memorial service for Dr. Mandela will be held at the State House Chapel on Sunday.”
Jonathan had earlier in a statement on Thursday described the deceased as one of the greatest sons of Africa.
He said though his death came at an advanced age of 95, it would create a huge vacuum that would be difficult to fill on the continent.
He added that the deceased would be sorely missed by all who cherish love, peace and freedom all over the world.
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