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Jonathan mourns Hugo Chavez

President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the government and people of Venezuela on the death of President Hugo Chavez.

A statement by the special Adviser to the president on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati Wednesday said President Jonathan and Nigerians join the brotherly people of Venezuela in mourning President Chavez who greatly endeared himself to the ordinary people of his country with his admirable efforts to improve the living conditions of underprivileged Venezuelans.

He said as Venezuelans observe the seven-day period of mourning which has been declared for late President Chavez, members of his family, officials of his Administration, members of his political party – the United Socialist Party, his supporters and all Venezuelans to take solace in the knowledge that he did the very best that he could to uplift his people and country in the 14 years of his Presidency.

He further called on Venezuela’s political leaders, institutions of governance and security agencies to ensure that the procedures stipulated in the Venezuelan Constitution are strictly followed to ensure the peaceful and orderly emergence of a worthy successor to President Chavez.