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Jonathan pledges support for Ghana president

31 July 2012, 16:15

Abuja -  President Goodluck Jonathanon Tuesday assured the new Ghanaian president, Dramane Mahama of Nigeria’s continued support and cooperation.

Jonathan gave the assurance when he received a five-man delegation from Ghana, led by Muhammad Mumuni, the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

The delegation brought a special message from Mahama and an official invitation to the burial rites of that country’s deceased president, Prof. John Attah Mills.

Jonathan said that Nigeria would continue to work with Ghana and consult on bilateral, regional, continental and global issues.

The president recalled the shock and sadness he felt when he learnt of the death of Atta Mills last week.

He said Nigeria would be represented at the funeral at the highest level and an official delegation would be sent to convey the country’s condolence before the burial.

In an interview with the State House correspondents, Mumuni said the team was in Nigeria to convey the special message to Jonathan.

``We are here at the behest of President Mahama of the Republic of Ghana; he has asked us to come in accordance with our

revered African customs and traditions to formally announce to President Goodluck Jonathan the untimely and unfortunate demise

of his brother and colleague, President Attah Mills and also to announce the funeral arrangements and elaborate on the rites

arrangements that are being made and also to deliver to him an invitation to attend the funeral.

Mumuni observed that Attah Mills had good working relations with Nigeria and that his successor would toe the same line.

He said the former president’s funeral would start from Aug. 8 and end on Aug. 10.

The president also received the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair in the Villa.

Jonathan departed on an official trip to Trinidad and Tobago after meeting with Blair.

He is expected to leave Trinidad and Tobago for Jamaica on Aug. 2 and to return to Abuja on Aug. 4.



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