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Friday, 6 December 2013

Mandela: Nigerian Government Declares 3 Days of Mourning

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

This information is contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Dr Reuben Abati, the President Jonathan’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

It stated that flags were to be flown at half-mast across Nigeria during the period.

The statement stated that Jonathan urged 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 Mandela’s soul,’’ the statement stated.

It further stated that a special inter-denominational memorial service for Mandela would be held at the State House Chapel on Sunday. 

Source: NAN

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