President Buhari Congratulates New British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak

By Damilare Adeleye

Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, has congratulated the newly appointed British Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak.

President Buhari welcomed the incoming 42-year-old British PM to office, saying that Sunak is the first British prime minister of Asian descent and the youngest in about 200 years.

His congratulatory message was contained in a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, issued on Monday.

The President said Sunak's appointment would inspire young people across the 56-nation Commonwealth.

“On behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the largest of 21 countries of Africa that are members of the Commonwealth, I welcome incoming British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to office,” stated Mr Buhari. “As the first prime minister of British-Asian descent and the youngest in about 200 years, these milestones will be especially inspiring for young people across our 2.4 billion-population, 56-nation Commonwealth.”

The Nigerian leader continued, “On this important day, we should also remember the enduring partnership and unbreakable friendship between our countries – United Kingdom and Nigeria. We stand together in this troubled world against terrorism.”

He expressed his commitment 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,’’ he added.

The president reaffirmed Nigeria's commitment to continue to partner the UK on the challenges of climate change as part of measures to address desertification.

“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 said. “And we seek to increase trade and investment within and between Commonwealth countries to boost the health and wealth of all our peoples. We seek to deepen our partnership with Britain to achieve these objectives, and more.”

He added that Nigeria looks forward to working with Mr Sunak and the leaders of other Commonwealth nations to boost “the health and wealth of all our peoples.’’