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Jonathan Declares 3 Days Of National Mourning In Honour Of Nelson Mandela

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Just In: Nigeria’s President, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has declared 3 days of national mourning for former South African President, Dr Nelson Mandela who passed away yesterday.

Jonathan who is away to France Joined the rest of the world to mourn the demise of the great freedom fighter. The Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Mr Reno Omokri wrote the announcement Friday through the social media platform twitter.

“@renoomokri President Jonathan has declared 3 days of national mourning for former South African President, Dr Nelson Mandela who passed away yesterday.”

Flags are to be flown at half-mast across Nigeria during the period and President Jonathan urged all Nigerians to unite in solidarity with the people of South Africa as they mourn the “great liberator, freedom fighter and hero of the black race.”

A statement issued by his media aide, Dr. Reuben Abati, said 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 Dr. Mandela’s soul.

A special inter-denominational memorial service for the anti-apartheid icon will be held at the State House Chapel on Sunday.

Also, the African Union Commission on Friday declared three-day mourning with special funeral service in honour the Madiba.

The United States of America is currently flying its flags at half mast to mourn the death of Madiba who passed away Thursday at age 95.. The South African Government has announced a 10 day mourning period for the late Mandela.

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