The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has symphatized with the royal family of England over the death Queen Elizabeth II.
According to the renowned cleric, the Queen of England had died on the significant date which he claimed is the birthday of the Biblical Jesus’ mother, Virgin Mary.
HausaToday reports that Queen Elizabeth passed away on Thursday, September 8 at the Balmoral Castle.
Sending his condolences to the family of the nonagenarian, Bishop Kukah said Queen Elizabeth would be remembered for her compassion and moral force across the globe.
Speaking in Minna, Niger State capital today, Kukah said as a leader, Queen Elizabeth was well respected because of the enormous goodwill she brought into governance.
He said: “She was a compassionate and determined administrator, a peacemaker and bridge builder who stepped in to lead the Commonwealth of Nations effectively.
“The beautiful and genteel face of Queen Elizabeth had long become etched in public memory across generations.
“She ascended the throne the year I was born and died on a significant date Sept. 8 which is the birthday of the Blessed Virginia Mary, Mother of Jesus Christ. It also marked my 11th episcopal ordination anniversary”.
Recalling her reign, Bishop Kukah said the Queen’s impact had gone beyond the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.
He stressed that her impact had spread across the world and her reign witnessed a period of massive social, economic, technological and political change.
“It saw the transformation of the once global British Empire into a Commonwealth of 52 independent nations headed by the queen and the country’s entrance into and exit from the European Union.
“Fifteen prime ministers served under Elizabeth, from Winston Churchill on her accession to the throne in 1952 to Liz Truss,” Bishop Kukah said as he prayed God to be merciful to the deceased.