Nigeria rapidly emerging as a significant force regionally and globally said the United Kingdom

    Yesterday, the United Kingdom expressed that Nigeria is rapidly emerging as a significant force both regionally and globally. Dr. Richard Montgomery, the United Kingdom High Commissioner in Nigeria, attributed this progress to the series of reforms and multi-sector reorganizations initiated by the administration led by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


    Dr. Montgomery conveyed this observation during a goodwill message at the 2023 Cabinet Retreat, which was organized for ministers, presidential aides, permanent secretaries, and other high-ranking government officials. He highlighted that Nigeria is anticipated to become the third-largest country in the world by the year 2050.

    In his address, the High Commissioner commended President Tinubu’s plans to stabilize the economy and propel it towards higher growth and prosperity, emphasizing the pivotal role of such efforts. Dr. Montgomery assured that the United Kingdom is prepared to support Nigeria in the spirit of mutual respect, reaffirming the commitment to strengthen partnerships across various domains.

    Recognizing the significant challenges facing Nigeria in terms of security, economy, and society, Dr. Montgomery acknowledged the global context of difficult economic conditions and shifting geopolitical and foreign policy dynamics. He lauded the bold economic reforms undertaken by Nigeria and praised President Tinubu’s leadership in regional and international arenas, such as the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the G-20.

    In conclusion, the High Commissioner used the opportunity to affirm the United Kingdom’s renewed partnership with Nigeria, extending the commitment to collaboration with the Nigerian cabinet and people. Dr. Montgomery emphasized the historical ties, shared commitment to democratic politics, and common interests in defense, security, trade, and investment that form the basis of the strong relationship between Nigeria and the United Kingdom.

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