Nigeria’s Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo will joined other World leaders on Monday for the funeral for the late Queen Elizabeth ll.
Osinbajo departed Abuja, Nigeria for London, UK to represent President Muhammadu Buhari and Nigeria at the funeral.
The VP spokesman, Laolu Akande, in a statement, said the vice-president would join members of the Royal Family and other world leaders at a number of events lined up for the funeral.
Members of the Commonwealth, heads of state, governors, prime ministers, and foreign ministers as well as members of the royal families will be at the ceremonies, including the funeral service scheduled to hold at Westminster Abbey.
Ahead of the service, the vice-president will be among guests and dignitaries to be received by King Charles lll and Queen Consort Camilla, at a reception in Buckingham Palace.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has described the late Queen Elizabeth II as a monarch for all season who brought people together from all over the world.
Osinbajo disclosed this on Sunday, at the Lancaster House London, after he signed the condolence register for Queen Elizabeth II.
A senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity disclosed this in a statement, “Nigeria joins the government and people of the UK, the Commonwealth and rest of the world in expressing our sincere condolence to the royal family on the passing of a monarch for all seasons. May the Lord bless her memory”.
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 Osinbajo included the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Joe Biden, French President, Emmanuel Macron, amongst other royals and heads of state.
Later in the day Osinbajo held a bilateral meeting with the UK Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly. They discussed how to improve trade ties between both countries, especially expanding opportunities for Nigerian businesses and supporting the country’s climate objectives.
The duo discussed the imperative of strengthening international coalition to tackle insecurity in the Sahel and in the horn of Africa, an area currently undergoing civil unrest.
Cleverly welcomed Nigeria’s participation at the funeral programme for Queen Elizabeth ll. He expressed gratitude for Nigeria’s solidarity and friendship with the UK on the mourning of the monarch, and also celebration of the life of the late Queen.
King Charles III also hosted the vice president and other visiting world leaders at a reception at Buckingham Palace as part of activities for the State Funeral.