Nigeria’s flags will be flown at half mast for two days to honour the late Queen of the United Kingdom and head of the Commonwealth of nations, Queen Elizabeth II.
This was confirmed in a social media post on Saturday 10th September 2022, by the presidency through the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola.
The statement by the presidency reads:
“The Federal Government has announced that Nigeria’s flags, in both home and foreign missions, will be flown at half-mast on Sunday 11th to Monday 12th, to honour the late Queen Elizabeth II,” the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola has said in a statement today, in Abuja”.
President Buhari’s Statement To Honour The Queen:
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier joined other world leaders to pay tribute to late Queen Elizabeth II. His statement released on his official social media handle reads:
“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.
Our thoughts and sincere condolences are with the Royal Family, the people of the United Kingdom, and the entire Commonwealth, as we join the entire world in mourning this 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.
I welcome the ascension of His Majesty King Charles III to the throne, in line with tradition, and pray that his reign will witness continuing robust relations between our two nations,” he said.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday at the age of 96, bringing to a close a reign that spanned seven decades.