African bishops remember Queen Elizabeth as ‘pillar of stability’
YAOUNDÈ, Cameroon – Queen Elizabeth II was remembered for “certain enduring values of discipline, hard work, sense of duty, honesty and meritocracy” by the bishops of Africa after her death Thursday at the 96 years old.
When she ascended the throne in 1952, the United Kingdom still ruled over much of Africa, and her reign saw the era of decolonization of the British Empire. Most of English-speaking Africa now belongs to the Commonwealth of Nations, a free association made up mainly of former British colonies ruled by the British monarch.
Bishop George Nkuo, Bishop of Kumbo Diocese in the troubled North West region of Cameroon, said Node that Queen Elizabeth was “a symbol of royalty and of good and enduring values”.
“She will certainly be remembered as one who, despite the changes brought by the Android era, continued to remind the world of certain enduring values of discipline, hard work, sense of duty, honesty and meritocracy. .”
Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Abuja in Nigeria said Node that he received the news of the Queen’s passing with “great grief and sadness”, noting that “the news of the passing of the longest-reigning monarch in British history and the longest serving Head of State and oldest in the world came as a shock.”
He recalled that Elizabeth ascended the throne promising to devote her whole life to the service of the British people.
“The Queen reigned with grace, elegance and a tireless work ethic to fulfill this declaration,” Kaigama said.
He said Elizabeth was the only British monarch the vast majority of Nigerians had ever known and had developed “great admiration and filial affection for her”.
“What made Queen Elizabeth so special was that she grasped the full spiritual weight and responsibility of her office, and sought to perform it in that spirit,” Kaigama said.
He claimed the Queen put her Christian faith at the center of everything she did, “and that made her a pillar of stability in an ever-changing world”.
“His Majesty was, indeed, the embodiment of duty, stability, wisdom and grace. The axiom, ‘Service tirelessly done. Duty faithfully performed,” sums up his reign,” the Nigerian Prelate continued.
“The Queen has touched the hearts of many with her dedicated service, particularly to the Commonwealth, which remains an important trading partner, investor and development partner in many African countries, the most important being South Africa and the Nigeria. We hope that the Commonwealth can continue to offer stability and continuity in the years to come, especially during the reign of King Charles III,” the Archbishop added.
Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, President of the Episcopal Conference of South Africa, said Node that Queen Elizabeth was “a source of cohesion and identity for her people”.
“With all the moral failings that have been seen in both the royal family and the country, Queen Elizabeth was seen as a moral barometer and an ideal of good conduct,” Sipuka said.
The Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt, led by Pope Tawadros II, issued a statement saying the Queen leaves behind “a great legacy of noble humanitarian work and enormous support for human rights and religious freedom. “.
“We are particularly remembered for his relationship with our Coptic Church and his support for its existence in Britain to serve the children of the Church who live there and this support was manifested in decorating Bishop Angaelos with the Coptic Orthodox Church in the UK with the Order of the British Empire (OBE),” the Egyptian church said in a statement.
Queen Elizabeth was succeeded by her eldest son, Charles III. She will be buried on September 19.