President Muhammadu Buhari said on Thursday night that he received with “immense sadness” news of the death of Queen Elizabeth ll of the United Kingdom.
In a statement issued by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President was quoted to have said: “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 welcomed the ascension to the throne of His Majesty King Charles III, in line with tradition and prayed for his reign to “witness the continuing robust and sisterly relations between our two nations”.