The VP of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has expressed that the demise of England’s longest-serving ruler, Sovereign Elizabeth II, was an occasion that beat his assumptions.
Talking at a thanksgiving administration held to pay tribute to the late Sovereign by the English High Commission at the Sacred Trinity Church building in Accra on Friday, Dr Bawumia related his quick response to the news that the Sovereign’s primary care physicians had communicated worry about her wellbeing.
“When my attention was drawn to the Royal Family’s statement on the afternoon of September the 8th this year, expressing doctors’ concern about the health of the Queen, I least expected that her passing was that eminent as she was seen in public two days earlier appointing Prime Minister Liz Truss. Though her passing came as a shock to us, her 96-year-old long life and 70 years of reign as Queen of the United Kingdom and the realms and as head of the Commonwealth are worth celebrating,” he said.
As per him, the Sovereign, regardless of the shock her demise summons, should be commended because of the massive advantages got from her rule.
“The passing of Her Majesty the Queen has been received here in Ghana with a heavy heart, prompting His Excellency the President to direct that all flags in Ghana fly at half-mast for seven days. The high points of Ghana’s relationship with her majesty were in the years 1961 and 1999 with her official visits. Indeed, in her 1961 visit, a special highlife tune was composed in her honour called ‘Welcome Your Majesty.’
Her famous dance with Ghana’s first president and influential pan-Africanist, Dr Kwame Nkrumah, at the farewell ball in Accra in 1961 was described by scholars as both symbolic and significant to the Commonwealth. Her Majesty the Queen showed remarkable leadership in an era marked by strong anti-colonial and independence waves in the African continent.
It is therefore not surprising that under her reign, the Commonwealth saw such a huge transformation,” he said.
The VP further featured the connection among Ghana and the late Sovereign, with accentuation on the effect of her administration on the world.