As His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is been interred in the Royal Vault of St George’s Chapel today, the Nigerian Community in the United Kingdom through their respective leaders have sent messages of good will and condolences to the Royal family.
The Dean of Windsor conducted the Funeral Service and the Archbishop of Canterbury pronounced the Blessing as the great Duke was led to rest.
The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation UK South Sir Chibuzo Ubochi in a press statement said “To us living in the United Kingdom and indeed to most people around the world, His Royal Highness the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh epitomizes our much-loved father, grandfather and great-grandfather. We are saddened, therefore, to hear of his death.
On behalf of members of the Nigerians in Diaspora Organisation (NIDO) and on my own behalf, I wish to convey our deepest condolences to The Royal Family, and to all who grieve our deepest sympathy.
The Coordinator of the Congress of Igbo Leaders UK, Mazi Obi Okoli, said the Duke represented a good example of a good father and leader of the world who throughout his life severed and helped people worldwide to reach their potentials. He was a gentleman, father and leader of the free world and will be greatly missed by all humanity.
Cllr Anna Mbachu ,Chair Association of British Nigerian Councillors & Deputy Leader of London Borough of Waltham Forest Group in remarks said that today’s funeral was a solemn occasion as the nation watched the scaled down ceremony that is befitting to the longest serving consort to our Queen and Country. We pray that the Almighty grant fortitude to Queen and his loved ones to bear this irreplaceable loss.
In the capital of Nigeria, a member of the Commonwealth and former British colony, newspaper front pages on Saturday commemorated the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, as members of the public expressed their sorrow at his passing.
People in the streets honoured Prince Philip’s life of service to his wife, Queen Elizabeth II, and the British nation after hearing of the death of a man who had been at the centre of public life longer than most of them have been alive.
Dickson Obule said that “a great vacuum” had been created with the loss of the Prince, while Mt Michael Chukuemeka Umeh said his death was “a very big loss, not just to England but to all the English colonies of the past.”