President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the new British Prime Minister, Hon Rishi Sunak, on his appointment.

The president in a congratulatory message to the incoming British Prime Minister said he looked forward to the sustenance of the age-long relationship between Nigeria and Britain with Sunak coming into office. In a statement released by his media aide, Garba Shehu, President Buhari noted that Sunak’s youthfulness would inspire young people across the 56-nation Commonwealth.

It Reads:

“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. 

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

President Buhari reaffirm on Nigeria’s commitment to continue its partnership with the UK on tackling climate change, food security, and terrorism.

“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, and we seek to increase trade and investment within and between Commonwealth countries to boost the health and wealth of all our peoples.” He stated.

42-year-old Rishi Sunak becomes the first British Prime Minister of Asian descent and the youngest in about 200 years.

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