African leaders have been sending their condolences to the Queen of England who passed at her Balmoral home on Thursday.
The 96-year-old Queen Elizabeth Alexander Mary Winsdor II died after 70 years on the throne.
NIGERIAN PRESIDENT Muhammad Buhari
“My family and I, and the more than 200 million Nigerians, have learned with immense sadness of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and the end of her unique and wonderful 70-year reign. She was the only British Sovereign known to 90 percent of our population”.
“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.”
My family and I, and the more than 200 million Nigerians, have learned with immense sadness of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, and the end of her unique and wonderful 70-year reign. She was the only British Sovereign known to 90 percent of our population.— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) September 8, 2022
GHANAIAN PRESIDENT Nana Akufo-Addo
“The Ghanaian people have very fond memories of the two visits she made to Ghana during her reign, and, on both occasions, we remember the friendliness, elegance, style, and sheer joy she brought to the performance of her duties.
“She was a cherished and revered monarch of the British people, the longest-serving in their history, who will be sorely missed. We are saddened by her departure. In honor of her memory, I have directed that all official flags in the nation fly at half-mast for seven (7) days, as from tomorrow, Friday, 9th September.
“May God bless her soul and give her peaceful rest in His Bosom until the Last Day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again. Amen!!”
On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I extend deepest condolences to the new British monarch, King Charles III, the @RoyalFamily, the Prime Minister, and the Government and people of Great Britain on the death, today, of HM Queen Elizabeth II 1/7 pic.twitter.com/Y7fFKxwCR4— Nana Akufo-Addo (@NAkufoAddo) September 8, 2022
SOUTH AFRICAN PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa
“Her Majesty was an extraordinary and world-renowned public figure who lived a remarkable life. Her life and legacy will be fondly remembered by many around the world. The Queen’s commitment and dedication during her 70 years on the throne remain a noble and virtuous example to the entire world.”
I met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the last Commonwealth meeting which was held in London in 2018 where we spent some time looking at letters that former President Nelson Mandela sent to the Queen, and we reminisced about the great stateman that Her Majesty so respected. pic.twitter.com/L4uSirDoYo— Cyril Ramaphosa 🇿🇦 (@CyrilRamaphosa) September 9, 2022
KENYAN PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta
In his message of condolence and comfort to His Majesty King Charles III, the Royal Family, Prime Minister Liz Truss, and the British people, President Kenyatta mourned the 96-year-old monarch as a towering global icon of selfless service to humanity.
1/2— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) September 9, 2022
President Uhuru Kenyatta has joined other world leaders in mourning Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who passed away on Thursday at her Balmoral Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
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KENYAN PRESIDENT-ELECT William Ruto
“We will miss the cordial ties she enjoyed with Kenya and may her memories continue to inspire us. We join the Commonwealth in mourning and offer our condolences to the Royal Family and the United Kingdom.”
I have received news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II and I send condolences to the people of the United Kingdom.— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) September 8, 2022
The queen’s leadership of the Commonwealth for the past seven decades is admirable. pic.twitter.com/PT3Fv6ws7u
Presidential candidates for Nigeria’s 2023 General Election have also sent condolence messages.
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, LABOUR PARTY Peter Obi
“I am saddened to hear of the passing on of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. My thoughts and prayers are with the @Royal Family, the entire United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth nations, over this irreplaceable loss.
“Hers was an impactful reign and beautiful and explored life devoted to democratic ideals, charity, selflessness, and empathy. She will always be remembered by the lives, organizations, institutions, and countries she positively touched during her reign.”
I am saddened to hear of the passing on of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. My thoughts and prayers are with the @RoyalFamily , the entire United Kingdom and the Commonwealth nations, over this irreplaceable loss. pic.twitter.com/sR4LEfOkLV— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) September 8, 2022
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY Atiku Abubakar
“Her passing is an end of a golden era. Her reign was epochal, not just in the United Kingdom but the entire Commonwealth.
“The world has known only one Queen, and the passing of Queen Elizabeth II will be the end of an impactful reign, and for the rest of our humanity, it shall be the beginning of history.”
The passing of Queen Elizabeth II comes to everyone around the globe with a rude shock.— Atiku Abubakar (@atiku) September 8, 2022
Her passing is an end of a golden era. Her reign was epochal, not just in the United Kingdom but the entire Commonwealth.
PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS Bola Tinubu
“With the sad passing, today, of Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom has lost one of its greatest ever monarchs and the world has lost a much cherished, revered, and admired Icon.”
With the sad passing, today, of Queen Elizabeth II, the United Kingdom has lost one of its greatest ever monarchs and the world has lost a much cherished, revered and admired Icon. pic.twitter.com/xPKPo38ygY— Bola Ahmed Tinubu (@officialABAT) September 9, 2022
Queen Elizabeth II’s reign spanned 15 prime ministers ending with Liz Truss who was appointed by her earlier this week.
Her eldest son, Prince Charles is now the King of England. He will be addressed as King Charles III, but his official coronation is not likely to take place for several months.
A formal proclamation will be made as soon as practically possible, at an accession council at St. James Palace.