By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari says he received with immense sadness the news of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
The Nigerian leader expressed his sadness in a condolence message issued by his spokesman, Malam Garba Shehu, on Thursday in Abuja.
Buhari 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 per cent 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 II — 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 welcomed ”Your Majesty’s (King Charles’) ascension to the throne, in line with tradition.”
He prayed that the reign of King Charles III would witness the “continuing robust and sisterly relations” between Nigeria and United Kingdom.