Jonathan Leaves Abuja Monday for Mandela's Memorial Service






President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja tomorrow 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.
Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), Dr. Reuben Abati, said in a statement on Sunday that 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, according to the statement, Jonathan will leave for Nairobi to honour a long-standing invitation to be a guest of honour at Kenya’s 50th Independence Anniversary celebrations.
Jonathan will return to Abuja on Thursday, Abati added in the statement.