The United Kingdom (UK) government has reiterated its commitment to ensuring Nigeria’s growth and development, as well as fighting Boko Haram terrorists
This was revealed by the UK’s Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who is on a visit to Nigeria today.
Responding to questions sent to him by newsmen, Hunt gave the assurance to Nigerians in Lagos.
He said, “Nigeria’s success really matters to the U.K. As we leave the European Union, now is the time to redouble our efforts and commit to the partnerships we have with our African friends.”
“The opportunities we see right now in Africa are tremendous, with enormous potential to grow.
“We must see African nations as partners and destinations for investment and trade,’’ he said.
According to him, a free press is the first secure basis for prosperity in a world where innovation and technological advance are the central conditions for progress.
The foreign secretary, who visited the North-East region of the country on Wednesday, said: “The conflict here involving Boko Haram and Islamic State has displaced two million people.”
“U.K. support for World Food Programme has helped feed 1.5 million but we are also focusing on the long term solutions to improving livelihoods and opportunity,’’ he said