British Prime Minister to visit Nigeria on Wednesday

British Prime Minister to visit Nigeria on Wednesday
British Prime Minister Theresa May and Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at 10 Downing Street, London on Monday. Picture courtesy State House.

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, will on Wednesday meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja as part of her visit to three African countries.

She will fly to South Africa on Tuesday before travelling to Nigeria and Kenya as part of a trade mission aimed at boosting post-Brexit fortunes.

A statement by the UK government said May will also spend time in Lagos, where she is expected to visit victims of modern slavery and thereafter visit Kenya.

The visit by May comes at a time the UK is moving towards Brexit and seeking to invest in and work alongside African nations, with mutual benefits.

The prime minister will be joined by a business delegation made up of 29 representatives from UK business – half of which are small and medium enterprises SMEs – from across all regions of the UK and its devolved administrations.

The statement reads, “The Prime Minister’s central message will be focused on a renewed partnership between the UK and Africa, which will seek to maximise shared opportunities and tackle common challenges in a continent that is growing at a rapid pace – from the Sahara to South Africa,” the UK government said in a statement.

“As Africa seeks to meet the needs of its growing population the visit will also emphasise that it is in the world’s interest to help secure African stability, jobs and growth because conflict, poor work prospects and economic instability will continue to encourage migration and dangerous journeys to Europe.

“Because nations cannot prosper without security, the prime minister will also use the visit to announce further support to tackle instability across the region.”

May said she is proud to lead a delegation to Africa, expressing delight over being the first British prime minister to visit Kenya in 30 years.

“Africa stands right on the cusp of playing a transformative role in the global economy, and as longstanding partners this trip is a unique opportunity at a unique time for the UK to set out our ambition to work even closer together,” She was quoted to have said.

“A more prosperous, growing and trading Africa is in all of our interests and its incredible potential will only be realised through a concerted partnership between governments, global institutions and business.

“As we prepare to leave the European Union, now is the time for the UK to deepen and strengthen its global partnerships. This week I am looking forward to discussing how we can do that alongside Africa to help deliver important investment and jobs as well as continue to work together to maintain stability and security.”