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Rishi Sunak is UK’s new prime minister

Rishi Sunak has become the UK’s next prime minister after winning the Conservative Party leadership contest

In a brief statement, he warned the country faces “profound economic challenges”

“I am humbled and honoured” to have the support of his fellow MPs and be elected leader.

“It is the greatest privilege of my life to be able to serve the party I love and give back to the country I owe so much to”, he said

He also paid tribute to Liz Truss for her “dignified” leadership “under difficult circumstances abroad and at home”.

The BBC reports that Sunak will become the UK’s first British Asian PM.

Youngest in about 200 years

In a statement, President Muhammadu Buhari said Nigeria was proud of the first Prime Minister of British-Asian descent and the youngest in about 200 years, saying these would be inspiring for young people.

He said Nigeria will stand together with the UK against terrorism and also address the world food crisis that is driving up the cost of living 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. And we seek to increase trade and investment within and between Commonwealth countries to boost the health and wealth of all our peoples”, he added.

He said Nigeria looked forward to working with Prime Minister Sunak and the leaders of other Commonwealth nations.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu