Ghana Mourns Queen Elizabeth, Akufo-Addo orders flags fly at half-mast – African Entertainment
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, has directed that all official flags in the country fly at half-mast as the former British colony mourns Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday afternoon, September 8, 2022, aged 96.
In a statement sighted by www.africanentertainment.com on his official Facebook page, Mr. Akufo-Addo said the Queen “…was a cherished and revered monarch of the British people, the longest-serving in their history, who will be sorely missed. We are saddened by her departure. In honour of her memory, I have directed that all official flags in the nation fly at half-mast for seven (7) days, as from tomorrow, Friday, 9th September.”
He wrote: “On behalf of the Government and people of Ghana, I extend deepest condolences to the new British monarch, King Charles III, the Royal Family, the Prime Minister, and the Government and people of Great Britain on the death, today, of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, late Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.”
He added that “The Ghanaian people have very fond memories of the two visits she made to Ghana during her reign, and, on both occasions, we remember the friendliness, elegance, style and sheer joy she brought to the performance of her duties.”
“As Head of the Commonwealth of Nations, she superintended over the dramatic transformation of the Union, and steered it to pay greater attention to our shared values and better governance. She was the rock that kept the organisation sturdy and true to its positive beliefs. We shall miss her inspiring presence, her calm, her steadiness, and, above all, her great love and belief in the higher purpose of the Commonwealth of Nations, and in its capacity to be a force for good in our world.”
“May God bless her soul and give her peaceful rest in His Bosom until the Last Day of the Resurrection when we shall all meet again. Amen!!”
Ghana, once known as the Gold Coast, was a former British colony. It gained independence from Britain o March 6, 1957.