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Jonathan receives new Ghanaian President’s delegation, assures of Nigeria’s support
By Victor Iluyemi
July 31, 2012 16:47:00pm GMT
Goodluck Jonathan

Abuja (WorldStage Newsonline)-- President Goodluck  Jonathan on Tuesday assured his Ghanaian counterpart, President John Mahama of Nigeria’s continued support and cooperation.

Speaking when he received a five-man delegation from Ghana, led by Hon. Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, which brought a special message from President John Dramane Mahama, Jonathan noted that. "Nigeria will continue to work with Ghana.

“We will continue to consult on bilateral, regional, continental and global issues.”

The president also recalled the shock and sadness he felt when he learnt of the death of President John Atta-Mills of Ghana, last week.

 “I was shocked and sad when I heard of the passing away of my brother, President John Atta-Mills,” he stated.

 President Jonathan also assured the people of Ghana that Nigeria would be represented at the funeral at the highest level, adding that an official delegation would be sent to convey the country’s condolence before the burial.

Earlier, Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, delivered a special message from President John Dramane Mahama, and expressed appreciation for the concern and love shown to Ghana by President Jonathan and the people of Nigeria at this time of sorrow.

Mumuni who also spoke to State House Correspondents shortly after delivering his message to President Jonathan said, the delegation was in Nigeria at the behest of the President Mahama of the Republic of Ghana, who had asked "us to come in accordance with our revered African customs and tradition to formally announce to President Goodluck Jonathan the untimely and the unfortunate demise of his brother and colleague, President Attah Mills and also to announce the funeral arrangements that are being made and also to deliver to him an invitation to attend the funeral.

"When President Mills was alive, he has good working relations and very good chemistry; they consulted very closely on issues of national, regional, continental interest.

“We think it is a personal loss to President Jonathan as well and he has expressed grief sentiments of condolence, sympathy and wishing his support and solidarity which we will dutifully convey to President Mahama."

Mumuni said the funeral rites will be carried out between August 8th, 9th and 10th. “It will climax on the 10th with the burial of late President Mills. Before then the body will be laid in state on the 8th and the 9th for viewing by general public and distinguished guests to our country.”

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