President Muhammadu Buhari has commiserated with the Royal Family, the people of the United Kingdom and the entire Commonwealth as Nigeria joins the entire world to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu in a statement on Thursday said the President received with immense sadness, the news of the passing of the Queen.
“My family and I, and the more than 200 million Nigerians have learned with immense sadness of the passing of the Queen and the end of her unique and wonderful 70 year reign. Her late Majesty was the only British Sovereign known to 90 percent of our population. Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom and the entire Commonwealth as we join the entire world in mourning her loss’’, the statement reads.
He said the story of ‘’modern Nigeria will never be complete without a chapter on Queen Elizabeth ll, describing her as an outstanding leader who dedicated her life to making her nation, the Commonwealth and the entire world a better place.”
President Buhari welcomed the ascension of King Charles III to the throne in line with tradition and pray he witness the continuing robust and sisterly relations between the two nations.
Reactions from elsewhere
Reactions have began to trickle in following the death of Queen Elizabeth II who died in her country home in Scotland.
British Prime Minister
In a tribute to the Queen, British PM Liz Truss described her as the very spirit of Great Britain” and the rock on which modern Britain was built.
“Through thick and thin, Queen Elizabeth II provided us with the stability and the strength that we needed. She was the very spirit of Great Britain – and that spirit will endure. She has been our longest-ever reigning monarch”, the Prime Minister eulogizing the monarch.
Former Prime Ministers; Theresa May, Tony Blair
For Theresa May, “It was the honour of my life to serve her as prime minister”, she said the matriarch had witnessed different changes and was able to provide stability and assurance for the kingdom.
“Her Majesty witnessed tremendous change, moving adroitly with the times but always providing stability and reassurance … Our thoughts and prayers now are with her family. God Save The King”, May says.
Tony Blair, erstwhile prime minister of Britain as well, has described the shocking development as a loss of “the matriarch of our nation.
“We have lost not just our monarch but the matriarch of our nation, the figure who more than any other brought our country together, kept us in touch with our better nature, personified everything which makes us proud to be British. “We will mourn her. We will miss her.”Blair says.
The Archbishop of Canterbury; Justin Welby describes his feeling toward the death of the Queen as “profound sadness”, “as we grieve together, we know that, in losing our beloved Queen, we have lost the person whose steadfast loyalty, service and humility has helped us make sense of who we are through decades of extraordinary change in our world, nation and society.”
And from the South American country, Brazil, the government declared 3-days of mourning in honour of the late Queen, “Official mourning is declared throughout the country, for a period of three days, starting on the date of publication of this decree, as a sign of sorrow for the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” the decree states.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-serving monarch in British history and her death, at the age of 96 following a 70-year reign, left football mourning the loss of a lifelong supporter.
FIFA has also joined mourners as well. In a statement published on its website, FIFA President Gianni Infantino says, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing is a huge loss to football, to our society, and to the world”.
“To our sport, the Queen was present in England’s proudest footballing moment, when she presented the Jules Rimet trophy to Bobby Moore after winning the 1966 FIFA World Cup on the statement in part reads.
Writing by Muzha Kucha, Abdallah Bello