The Federal Government on Saturday said the late Queen Elizabeth II of England was not only a monarch of her country but also a representative of other nations of the world.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, who disclosed this when he signed the condolence register before the British High Commissioner to Nigeria on behalf of the Nigerian Government, said Nigerians are mourning like other members of the Commonwealth over the death of Queen Elizabeth.
The register was signed at the Abuja residence of the British High Commissioner to Nigeria.
“The Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the President, has personally asked me to come and convey his condolences.
“The Queen wasn’t only a monarch, to us in Nigeria she represented several things, having visited this country two times, one in three years after her ascension to the throne, her coronation in 1953 and spent the period of about twenty days in Nigeria visiting different cities.”
According to Mustapha, the late Queen Elizabeth II had a very good relationship with the people of Nigeria during her lifetime.
He used the occasion to reassure the British envoy of the continuous relationship between Nigeria and her country.
Mustapha added, “And I can assure you that the Nigerian Government is in a state of mourning and the people of Nigeria are mourning like other members of the Commonwealth.
“Please do extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the immediate family of the new King, now King Charles and the people of the UK.”
Responding, Catriona Laing, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, appreciated Mustapha for his coming to represent President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerians.