British Prime Minister, Theresa May, Visits Nigeria Today
The British Prime Minister, Theresa May, will be visiting Nigeria today. This followed a hint by the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Arkwright while addressing reporters in Abuja on Monday.
May’s scheduled visit to the country is part of her tour of some Africa countries.
She is expected to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa where both leaders will discuss issues bordering on security and the 2019 general elections among others.
The British PM was in South Africa where she addressed an audience.
She condemned the activities of terrorist groups in the continent as well as actions exposing the environment to danger.
May also decried the rate of poverty in Africa, describing Nigeria as a home to poor people despite the fact that it was flourishing.
“Extremist groups such as Boko Haram and al-Shabab are killing thousands. Africa’s ocean economy is three times the size of its landmass which is under threat from plastic waste and other pollution,” she was quoted as saying on the UK government’s website.
The UK Prime Minister added, “Most of the world’s poorest people are Africans. And increasing wealth has brought rising inequality, both between and within nations.
“For example, Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy. Yet 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1.90 a day – making it home to more poor people than any other nation in the world.”
She, however, said the UK would use its international aid budget to boost its national interest and deepen trade ties with Africa.