President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The President issued a statement to commiserate with the Royal Family of England on the death of their longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, who died on the 8th of September 2022, on his verified Twitter handle.

Queen Elizabeth II

In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Garba Shehu on September 8, 2022, he said the passing of Queen Elizabeth ll of the United Kingdom, was received with immense sadness. The president had on several occasions interfaced with the Queen one-on-one and alongside his wife, Aisha.

“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 story of modern Nigeria will never be complete without a chapter on Queen Elizabeth ll, a towering global personality, and an outstanding leader. She dedicated her life to making her nation, the Commonwealth, and the entire world a better place.”

The President also felicitated with King Charles III on his ascension to the throne. In what was part of a series of tweets, President Buhari said that he prays the king’s reign witnesses a robust relationship with Nigeria.

In 1952, 25-year-old Queen Elizabeth II became queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries, following the death of her father, King George VI.

These countries were the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (known today as Sri Lanka), as well as the Head of the Commonwealth.

Story: Ene Ken-Yawe