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Nigerians are mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, says Buhari

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Nigerians are mourning the demise of Queen Elizabeth II, says Buhari President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerians are in a state of mourning fol…

Nigerians are mourning the demise of Queen Elizabeth II, says Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari says Nigerians are in a state of mourning following the demise of Queen Elizabeth II.

The late monarch died on Thursday on the age of 96.

On Saturday, the president paid a condolence go to to Catriona Laing, the British excessive commissioner to Nigeria.

Buhari, who was represented by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the federal government of the federation (SGF), met with Laing in Abuja.

Throughout the go to, Mustapha signed the ebook of condolence on behalf of Buhari.

The SGF stated the federal authorities and Nigerians are at the moment mourning the demise of Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

Mustapha recounted the visits of the late British monarch to Nigeria whereas emphasising the mutual ties between each international locations since 1901.

“On behalf of the president and authorities of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the president has personally requested me to come back and convey his condolences, he has already carried out that formally, and to signal the condolence register on behalf of the federal government and the folks of Nigeria,” Mustapha stated.

“The Queen was not solely a monarch to us in Nigeria, she represented a number of issues, having visited this nation two instances, the primary was three years after her ascension to the throne in 1953, spent a interval of about 20 days in Nigeria visiting totally different cities.

“Most of these cities nonetheless bear in mind her in our youthful days. Then she came to visit once more, when President Obasanjo invited her, I feel it was for CHOGM, in 2003. Her residence then, I feel, was Aguda Home.

“So on this event, like I stated, I got here on behalf of the president to increase the deepest condolences of the folks of Nigeria.

“The loss is just not solely to the folks of the UK, to the Commonwealth, however for us in Nigeria, significantly as a result of for a interval of three years, she was our head of state after independence.

“In 1960-1963, earlier than we turned a republic, the Queen was the top of state. We had a governor-general, it was after she vacated being the top of state that our then governor-general, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, of blessed reminiscence turned our first president.

“So there’s this mutual ties which have existed between Nigeria, since Nigeria turned a protectorate of the British in 1901. And that mutual bond of friendship, of camaraderie, of togetherness that we now have skilled, continues to succeed.

“I can guarantee you that the Nigerian authorities is in a state of mourning, and the folks of Nigeria are mourning like different members of the Commonwealth.

“So on this event, please do prolong our deepest sympathies and condolences to the speedy household of the brand new king now King Charles III, and the folks of Nice Britain.”

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