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Buhari welcomes incoming British Prime Minister

Incoming British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak

President Muhammadu Buhari has, on behalf of Nigeria, the largest of 21 countries of Africa that are members of the Commonwealth, welcomed the incoming British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.

President Buhari said, as the first UK Prime Minister of Asian descent and the youngest in about 200 years, “these milestones will be especially inspiring for young people across a 2.4 billion population, 56-nation Commonwealth.

“On this important day, we should also remember the enduring partnership and unbreakable friendship between our countries, United Kingdom and Nigeria,” the President said.

“We stand together in this troubled world against terrorism.

“We are determined to address the world food crisis that is driving up the cost of living for people and families across the globe. We are steadfast in our commitment to make our countries and our allies more energy secure.

” We are pledged to address climate change that forces millions to leave their homes through desertification and attempt to cross the seas into Europe.”

He also said the two nations continue to seek to increase trade and investment within and between Commonwealth countries” in an attempt to “boost the health and wealth of all our peoples”.

“The government and people of Nigeria look forward to working with Prime Minister Sunak and the leaders of other Commonwealth nations,” President Buhari declared.

writing by Abdullah Bello; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor