President Goodluck Jonathan declares 3-day mourning in honour of Nelson Mandela

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

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Reuben Abati, an instruction was given that flags are to be flown at half-mast across the country during the period.

President Jonathan also 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 Dr. Mandela’s soul,” the statement read.

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