The Federal Government has ordered that all flags in the country and at its missions abroad fly at half-mast on Sunday and Monday in honor of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday, making her the longest-living monarch in British history. Her 73-year-old eldest son, Charles III has been crowned King.
During Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, Nigeria, one of the Commonwealth countries, won its independence from Great Britain in 1960.
In a statement following her death, President Muhammadu Buhari described the late monarch’s reign as “unique and wonderful,” adding that “she was the only British Sovereign known to 90 percent of our population.”
Interior Minister Rauf Aregbesola sent his condolences to the Commonwealth and the United Kingdom in a message in honor of the late Queen.
He said, “In honour of Queen Elizabeth II, The Sovereign of the United Kingdom, Chairman of the Commonwealth and an eminent global personality, whose passage was announced, the Ministry of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria declares that all flags in Nigeria and our missions abroad be flown at half mast on Sunday, September 11th, 2022 and Monday, September 12th, 2022.
“We commiserate with the government and people of the United Kingdom and all the affected people of the Commonwealth and the world.
“The Queen is dead. Long live the King.”
President Muhammadu Buhari described the late monarch’s reign as “unique and wonderful 70-year reign,” adding that “she was the only British Sovereign known to 90 percent of our population.”