President Muhammadu Buhari has described the death of Duke of Edinburg as an end to a glorious era in the Commonwealth fraternity.
Buhari in a statement issued on his behalf by his Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mallam Garba Shehu on Friday also extoled the virtues of the deceased as having contributed immensely to global peace and diplomacy.
The longest serving Queen consort, Prince Philip passed on peacefully on Friday at the age of 99 prompting global reactions of condolences to the English Royal family.
In the statement, Buhari said, “The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is the end of an era. Prince Philip was one of the greatest and publicly recognisable international figures whose contributions to the Commonwealth will be remembered for generations to come.”
According to the President, “Prince Philip was a great man in his own right who made enormous contributions to philanthropic activities and charities especially for wildlife conservation and youth development programmes in more than 130 countries.”
President Buhari pays tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh as “a remarkable husband who had been happily married to the Queen since 1947,” saying “this is an impressive record for any marriage at any level.”
The President also commiserates with the Government of the United Kingdom, the members of the Commonwealth “for the sad loss of this royal and indeed global icon.”