Enter King Charles lll: What hope for Nigeria, different Commonwealth nations?

The transition of Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor often known as Queen Elizabeth ll to the world past has conferred the rulership of the UK on the previous Prince Charles Philip Arthur George, now King Charles lll. The event has despatched shivers to the spines of the Commonwealth of Nations. TOPE SUNDAY and HUSSEIN ISA look at what this portends for Nigeria.

Along with his ascension to the throne after the demise of his mom on September 8, 2022, King Charles lll is now the official King of the UK and 14 different Commonwealth realms. In accordance with stories, he was the longest serving inheritor obvious in British historical past and, on the age of 73, is the oldest particular person to imagine the British throne.

Queen Elizabeth, Commonwealth and Nigeria

The late queen, whose reign lasted for 70 years, seven months and two days earlier than her demise on September 8, 2022, was the primary British monarch to rule for 70 years. Throughout her lifetime, she travelled and visited 117 nations on all continents of the world apart from continent Antarctica throughout her lifetime. Throughout her lengthy reign, she visited Nigeria twice in 1956, and in 2003, when Nigeria hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Authorities assembly.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary affiliation of 54 unbiased nations, virtually all of which had been previously beneath British rule; and Nigeria as a rustic is certainly one of them. The origins of the Commonwealth come from Britain’s former Empire. Lots of the members of the Commonwealth had been territories which had traditionally come beneath British rule at numerous occasions by settlement, conquest or cession. The administration of such colonies developed in numerous methods, to replicate the totally different circumstances of every territory.

After attaining independence, India was the primary of quite a few nations which determined that, though they wished to grow to be republics, they nonetheless wished to stay throughout the Commonwealth. To reconcile these goals, the 1949 London Declaration recognised King George VI as Head of the Commonwealth. Following his demise, the Commonwealth leaders recognised Queen Elizabeth II in that capability. With the demise of the queen, King Charles lll is now the Head of the Commonwealth.

Nigeria within the highlight

Though the brand new British monarch’s position is extra ceremonial, some Nigerians who spoke with Blueprint Weekend are nonetheless hopeful that his reign is perhaps helpful to Nigeria which was colonised by Nice Britain.

An entrepreneur, Mr. Kolawole Kehinde, mentioned regardless of the ceremonial nature of his workplace, Nigerians ought to anticipate enhancements within the UK and Nigeria’s bilateral relationships.

He mentioned: “There are some elementary issues we have to set up. The UK authorities has a protracted standing relationship with Nigeria courting again to pre-independence in 1960 once we gained Independence making an allowance for the truth that they colonized us. And likewise wanting on the final couple of years, and searching on the Muhammadu Buhari administration, one would discover that it has been a topsy-turvy relationship within the sense that at one level, there was a sort of help from the UK authorities and at one other level, it is going to be noticed there are some sort of critiques in our relationship by way of visa coverage, provision of support and intervention programmes, and in addition to collaboration within the struggle in opposition to terrorism and counterterrorism measures.

“A couple of week or two in the past, the UK authorities volunteered to coach a few of the safety personnel in counterterrorism techniques and logistics. The demise of the Queen expectedly would trigger interruptions and convey new dynamics in a few of the ongoing talks between the 2 nations. I don’t know for those who recall an incident the place a former British prime minister referred to Nigeria as being fantastically corrupt and even went additional to say that if Nice Britain misplaced the sum of money stolen from Nigeria via corruption since Independence, the British Empire would have ceased to exist.

“And away from that, everyone knows that King Charles lll has not been a lot within the public eye aside from his charity work that he’s been doing. We’ve not seen any main articulation of his intervention plans for the Africa nation members of the Widespread Wealth and Africa as an entire and that’s as a result of the Queen has been within the fray of these discussions.”

He mentioned additional that, “However away from that, we’re hoping to see some actual assessment of our relationships. I’m conscious that the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, had a one-on-one discuss with King Charles lll on the sideline of the Queen’s funeral. We have no idea the small print of that dialogue, however we hope it is going to be made public within the coming weeks. So, I see a strong and extra expanded relationship.

“However an entire new period of debate and renegotiation owing to the truth that the brand new UK prime minister had simply been appointed few weeks in the past earlier than the Queen’s demise; and so we don’t must be making assumptions but as it’s too early to imagine that our relationship with the Uk is perhaps strained or have a serious flip by way of coverage shift from what it has been which is that of cooperation.

“And don’t overlook additionally that the features of the British monarch are largely ceremonial in order that they haven’t any a lot affect on the precise insurance policies of Britain.”

Additionally, a civil servant, who merely recognized himself as Mr. Martins, informed our reporters that the ascension of King Charles lll to the British throne would open scholarships and alternatives for Nigerians, expressing the optimism that the monarch can be extra influential than his late mom.

“The brand new king will result in extra affect in contrast to the late queen, by way of immigration of Nigerians to the UK. I feel the king would make the method simpler by way of difficulties and the large sum of cash normally spent by those that want to migrate from Nigeria to the UK for research and different authentic issues.

“So, hopefully, I’m anticipating that extra scholarships and alternatives can be opened to Nigerians. One other factor to take a look at is our economic system and the prevailing financial conditions of our nation. I feel we want interventions and aids to alleviate the present arduous financial realities bedeviling the nation and I feel the brand new king would convey his affect to bear in that regard.”

Conversely, a Legislative Aide on the Nationwide Meeting, Abuja, Aliyu Usman, suggested Nigerians to not anticipate a lot from the king as a result of he’s a ceremonial head.

Usman mentioned: “However by way of expectations of the brand new King for Nigeria, I feel it needs to be tampered. The King is a ceremonial head; on this respect, I don’t anticipate any important distinction from what the priority of that workplace is. He’ll proceed the custom that’s already laid down like heading the Commonwealth. If something, his new accountability would require him to chorus from his activist posture when he was Prince Charles.

“What I feel will outline his kingship, nevertheless, is the republican actions throughout a few of the realms and Commonwealth nations the place the British monarch is the Head of State. In locations like Scotland and Australia, the decision for a Republic has grow to be sturdy. Whether or not the British monarchy can be weakened within the face of agitations like this, and what’s going to grow to be of its long run future if the republicans succeed are a few of the existential challenges in a quickly altering world that King Charles should definitely confront in his reign.

“However earlier than all that, we’ll get an early glimpse within the coming days. For a King who begins his reign at a time of financial hardship for his topics, will he be a reformer who cuts down on the Royal privileges? In all of those, you may see that Nigeria might not future prominently, however I anticipate a patronising royal go to sooner or later throughout his reign.”

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