Ben Agande, Abuja.
President Goodluck Jonathan will leave Abuja this evening to join other world leaders in South Africa at events leading up to the burial of former President Nelson Mandela.
A statement by the special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, Sunday, said President Jonathan will attend the Memorial Service for Dr. Mandela on Tuesday at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.
He said the President, who will be accompanied by the Supervising Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, 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, 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.