Friday, December 6, 2013

Mandela: Nigeria To Observe Three Days Of National Mourning

President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national
mourning, starting on Friday, in honour of former South African
President Dr. Nelson Mandela, his spokesman said today.
In a condolence message to President Jacob Zuma, the Nigeria leader
said Mandela's death created a huge vacuum that will be difficult to
fill in Africa.
"He will be sorely missed by all who cherish love, peace and freedom
the world over and will be eternally honoured for his immense
contribution to the dismantling of the apartheid policy, one of the
world's most obnoxious systems whose under-pining philosophy was the
degradation of man by man."
Jonathan praised Mandela as a source of inspiration to the oppressed
peoples of the world, citing his unparalleled personal sacrifices in
the course of his life-long epic struggle for freedom, fairness,
justice, equity and the human rights of all oppressed people.
"The indefatigable spirit which he demonstrated throughout his life
will continue to inspire present and future generations," Jonathan
"Dr. Mandela will always be remembered and honoured by all mankind as
one of its greatest liberators, a wise, courageous and compassionate
leader, and an icon of true democracy."
Flags will be flown at half-mast across Nigeria during the period of
national mourning.
President Jonathan urged 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.
He also called for special prayers in mosques and churches in Nigeria
during the period of mourning for the peaceful repose of Dr. Mandela's

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