Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has paid tribute to Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, describing his death as a sad loss to the Commonwealth and the world.
Atiku, in a statement in Abuja, also described the Late Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday at the age of 99, as a man whose life was one of service and a pattern of good works.
I found in Prince Philip, a man committed to the unity of the world and the advancement of the dignity of humanity as well as the brotherhood of man.
His military service, and the dutifully supportive role he played by the side of Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, will forever be remembered and studied, as an epitome of royalty and loyalty.
His charitable works, which saw him as the patron of some 800 causes and organisations, will also be warmly remembered.
Atiku met his royal highness during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting of 2003, which held in Abuja, which was hosted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
The former vice president condoled with the British Royal Family and pray that the Almighty would grant them the fortitude to bear the loss..
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the palace just after midday, spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following Prince Philip’s death at Windsor Castle.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, was at the Queen’s side for more than her six decades of reign.