6 December 2013

South Africa: Jonathan Declares Three Days of National Mourning for Mandela

Photo: Nelson Mandela Foundation/SAPA
Nelson Mandela

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning for former South African President, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday.

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

A statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said the "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".

A special inter-denominational memorial service for Mandela will also be held at the State House Chapel on Sunday.

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