Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has declared three days of national mourning following the death of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically-elected president.
The revered former statesman and ant-apartheid activist passed away on Wednesday evening at his Johannesburg home aged 95.
He had been critically ill for some time.
"President Jonathan has declared 3 days of national mourning for former South African President, Nelson Mandela who passed away yesterday," stated the presidential special assistant on new media, Reno Omokri.
He said the national flags would be flown at half mast during the period.
“Flags are to be flown at half-mast across Nigeria during the period. President Jonathan urges Nigerians to unite in solidarity with South Africa,” said Omokri.
"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 president had earlier expressed immense sadness over the death of the former South African President.
In a condolence message to President Jacob Zuma, President Jonathan conveyed the sympathy and solidarity of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria to him and all South Africans.
He added that Mandela served as a source of inspiration to the oppressed peoples all over the world and will always be remembered and honoured by all mankind.
It was reported South Africa would declare ten days of mourning for the late statesman.
– CAJ News