Vice President Yemi Osinbajo described the late Queen Elizabeth ll of England as a monarch for all seasons who brought people from all walks of life together.
According to a press release issued by his media assistant, Laolu Akande, the Vice President stated this Sunday in a brief tribute at Lancaster House in London, United Kingdom.
In the condolence book at Lancaster House, Osinbajo wrote, “Nigeria joins the government and people of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and the rest of the world in expressing our heartfelt condolences to the royal family on the passing of a monarch for all seasons.” “May the Lord remember her.”
The Vice President also joined other world leaders to pay their last respect to the late British monarch at the Queen’s lying in state at different times on Sunday.
World leaders who visited the Westminster Hall to witness the lying in state alongside Nigeria’s Vice President included the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau; U.S. President Joe Biden and French President, Emmanuel Macron, among other royals and Heads of State and Government across the world.
Later on Sunday, Osinbajo and the UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, during a bilateral meeting discussed how to improve trade ties between both countries especially expanding opportunities for Nigerian businesses and supporting the country’s climate objectives.
They also discussed the imperative of strengthening international coalition to tackle insecurity in the Sahel and the horn of Africa region.
The UK Foreign Secretary welcomed Nigeria’s participation in the funeral programme for Queen Elizabeth ll, expressing gratitude for Nigeria’s solidarity and friendship with the UK on the mourning of the monarch, and also celebration of the life and times of the late Queen.
By Sunday evening, King Charles III hosted the Vice President and other visiting world leaders to a reception at the Buckingham Palace as part of activities for the State Funeral of the British monarch.
On Monday morning, the Vice President will also attend the Funeral Service for the Queen at Westminster Abbey.