Jonathan to attend memorial for Mandela in Jo'burg

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Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan, just back from a visit to Germany and France will leave Abuja Monday evening to join other world leaders in South Africa at events leading up to the burial of former President Nelson Mandela on 15 December.

Accompanied by the Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Jonathan 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 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.

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After 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, 12 December 12.