President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday revealed that Nigeria was ready to work with the new British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant (Media & Publicity), Garba Shehu, Buhari said, “In Nigeria, we respect the choice of British people and we are ready to work with the new Prime Minister to improve our close relations.
“Britain has been one of Nigeria’s most reliable allies, especially in supporting the efforts of this administration to improve security and stamp out corruption and graft.”
He went on to congratulate the new PM, while hailing the immediate past PM, Theresa May, who he said, provided visionary leadership for her country.
Part of his statement read, “As Mr. Johnson steps into Mrs. May’s shoes, we look forward to the continuation of the good relationships that bind us together for many years.’’
“We value this relationship so deeply that, regardless of who is in charge, this relationship should survive the political changes in the UK.’’
The President praised the British democratic model, describing it as one of the most successful systems in the world, which has survived time.
Theresa May tendered her resignation notice to Queen Elizabeth II on Wednesday during a private audience with Her Majesty and not long afterward, Johnson arrived at Buckingham Palace for a private audience with the Queen, during which she asked him to constitute a government.