|On the Passing Of Empress Menen...|
We are pleased with the speech Our Prime Minister delivered yesterday on
behalf of Our Ministers and Our people concerning the demise of Her
Imperial Majesty Itegue Menen in which he adequately described her
kindness and virtues.
All of you knew her well but she was more intimately known to me. She was
devoutly religious and did not lose her faith even in the time of hardship.
During the memorable days of Our companionship We never had differences
that needed the intervention of others. As Sarah was to Abraham, so was she
obedient to me. Our wishes were mutual until we were separated by the
Almighty. Her assistance for the good of the young, the old and the needy
requires no testimony for they are greater than thoughts and words.
We have been extremely pleased to live long enough in the perfect union that
enable us to see our offspring, our grandchildren and our great
grandchildren. We are thankful to the Almighty for having vouchsafed to us
that long and uninterrupted union which is not very common in the
world today: There could be no more profound prayer for me to utter.