The Nigerian government through Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister of Interior, announced that flags in the country and missions abroad be flown at half-mast on September 11 and 12, to honor the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
The Minister made this announcement on Friday in Abuja. Nigeria is a former British colony, and a member of the commonwealth, which the Queen was head.
“We commiserate with the government and people of the United Kingdom and all the affected people of the commonwealth and the world”, said the statement. The minister added “The Queen is dead. Long live the king”.
However, in City of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, flags have been lowered to half-mast. Several activities are being planned in the city in honor of the Queen’s death. Report says the city hall will be illuminated in purple throughout the mourning period. Also, a public memorial service will be conducted by the All Saint’s Anglican Church at city hall square.
A book of condolences is also being prepared which will be made available in the lobby of the city for residents to sign. Copies would be kept in the city archives, commonwealth, and the museum.
The Queen was Canada head of state and longest-reigning monarch, who died at 96 after 70 years on the throne.
SOURCE: NEW AGENCIES