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PANDEF felicitates Queen Elizabeth II, calls for greater interest in Nigeria’s transition

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has felicitated Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on the occasion of her Platinum Jubilee on the throne.

The apex socio-cultural organization of the people of the Niger Delta region, however, called on the Queen to show greater interest in Nigeria’s transition programme. 

PANDEF made the call through its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Ken Robinson in a statement made available to Stonix News on Thursday.

“PANDEF is delighted to identify with this milestone celebration of Her Majesty, becoming the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee following 70 years of exceptional service.

“Her Majesty epitomizes gracious royalty, elegance, kindness, goodwill and extraordinary leadership.

“During the seven decades of her reign, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11, who is also the Head of States of the United Kingdom and 14 other commonwealth countries, has brought joy, happiness, and hope to nations and peoples across the world.

“The National Leader, Chief Dr Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, OFR, CON, the National Chairman, Senator Emmanuel Ibok Essien, FNSE, the Board of Trustees (BoT), the Executive Committees and the entire Membership of the Pan Niger Delta Forum, offer our congratulations to Her Majesty on her Platinum Jubilee, together with best wishes for her 96th birthday.

“We wish Her Majesty, the Queen, continuous good health and many more years to reign,” the statement read in part.

The forum urged the Queen to help Nigeria deepen its democracy by showing more interest in its transition programme ahead of 2023.

“PANDEF further uses the opportunity to call on Her Majesty, the Queen, the Government of the United Kingdom and the International Community in its entirety, to show greater interest in Nigeria’s transition program to strengthen the credibility of the nation’s electoral process and deepen democracy.

“While also urging for increased socioeconomic interventions in the Niger Delta region,” Robinson noted.

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