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Yar’Adua: Ghanaian, S/African presidents condole Nigeria

By Daniel Idonor
President John Atta-Mills of Ghana, Monday, condoled with President Goodluck Jonathan and the people of Nigeria over the death of former President Umaru Yar’Adua.

Atta-Mills, who spoke to State House Correspondents after a closed-door meeting with Jonathan at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he was in the country to condole with Nigerians over Yar’Adua’s death.

“I have come here as the head of a powerful delegation made of Ministers, Chief Imam of Ghana and other representatives to convey our deepest condolences to the people and Government of Nigeria, the President and especially, the family of former President Yar’Adua.

Meantime,  South African President, Mr. Jacob Zuma, has invited President Jonathan to attend the official opening ceremony of South African FIFA World Cup tournament, which kicks off on  11 June 11.

Minister of International Relations of South Africa, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, told State House Correspondents after a condolence visit to President Jonathan on the death of Yar’Adua, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Monday.

According to the minister, the invitation of Jonathan is in recognition of the strategic nature of Nigeria on the African continent which would be a booster during the tournament.

The visiting minister who harped on the existing cordial relations between both countries, said President Zuma would be delighted to personally host President Jonathan during the football fiesta, stressing that though South Africa is the venue of the tournament, Africa is the theatre where the event would be hosted.

Nkoana-Mashabane who said concerted efforts should be made to ensure that the football trophy remained in Africa said if the Bafana Bafana of South Africa failed to carry the trophy at the end of the day Nigeria should aspire to carry the trophy.

While congratulating President Jonathan on his elevation as the new president following the death of President Umaru Yar’Adua, the South African minister said President Zuma was desirous of strengthening the bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Africa.


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