Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan leaves Abuja for South Africa today (Monday) to pay respect at a memorial service and state funeral for freedom icon Nelson Mandela.
At the conclusion of the event in Pretoria on Wednesday, President Jonathan will
leave for Nairobi to be a guest of honour at Kenya’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
According to the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Reuben Abati, “President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja tomorrow (Monday) evening to join other world leaders in South Africa at events leading up to the burial of former President Nelson Mandela.”
“President Jonathan who will be accompanied by the Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, will attend the Memorial Service for Dr. Mandela on Tuesday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.”
“The President will, in the company of other Heads of State and Government, also pay his last respects to Dr. Mandela at the anti-apartheid hero’s lying-in-state on Wednesday at the Union Building in Pretoria where he served as South Africa’s first democratically-elected President.”
“At the conclusion of the event in Pretoria on Wednesday, President Jonathan will leave for Nairobi to honour a long-standing invitation to be a guest of honour at Kenya’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.”
“President Jonathan will return to Abuja on Thursday, December 12, 2013.”
Presidents past and present, global figures and A-list celebrities made their way to South Africa on Monday to pay the world’s respects at a memorial service and state funeral for freedom icon Nelson Mandela.
According to SAPA, More than 80 000 people will attend an impassioned, emotional tribute on Tuesday to the country’s inspirational first black president at the FNB stadium in Soweto, where he made his last major public appearance for the 2010 World Cup final.
The service is seen as a final chance for grieving South Africans to unite in a mass celebration of Mandela’s life ahead of the more formal state funeral.
On Monday, South Africa’s recalled parliament will meet for a special session to honour Mandela, who emerged from 27 years in prison to lead his country out of the shadow of apartheid into a multi-racial democracy.
Mandela last appeared in the house in February 2010, on the 20th anniversary of his prison release