Abuja - The South African flag was at half mast on Friday at the High Commission of South Africa, as hundreds of people mourn the death freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria, who visited the high commission reports that a condolence register was opened at noon. The high commission was located at 71 Usuma St., Maitama, Abuja,
NAN reports that hundreds of people, including members of non-governmental organisations, queued to sign the register.
In a condolence message, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the African Union Commission Chairperson, described Mandela, the first black South African President, as a symbol of pan-africanism.
The condolence message was made available to newsmen at the high commission.
"Mandela has fought a good fight and bowed out with great reverence. His passing on is a great loss to his family, our continent and indeed to humanity. At this time of sorrow, our hearts are with his widow, Graca Machel, his ex-wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, his children, grand and great-grandchildren and the people of South Africa and Africa. Tata Madiba Mandela will forever be missed,“ she said.
She urged Africa to continually honour Mandela. NAN reports that the revered statesman and Nobel Peace Prize winner died peacefully in his home in Houghton in northern Johannesburg before 9p.m. on Thursday.
President Jacob Zuma announced his passing to the nation and the world.Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. He was an anti-apartheid revolutionist, a politician and philanthropist.
He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, and was the first South African president to emerge through a fully representative election.