I’m Sad Leaving Nigeria, I’ll Be Back – Outgoing UK Envoy

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Outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has said she is sad to leave the country having spent “a fabulous time” engaging with its music, dance and culture.

However, Laing said she would be back to the country after serving as British envoy to the country for four and half years.

“I’m sad to be leaving Nigeria; it’s so much fun; I had a fabulous time here, and I’ll be back. I love the dance, the music, the culture,” she told the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), during a farewell visit to him at the State House in Abuja, on Wednesday.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement he signed on Wednesday.

Laing said “It’s been good to experience Nigeria. I’ve been to over 20 states, and I’ve told my successor to also do the same. I’ll be back, and still travel wider.”

She congratulated Buhari for a successful eight years in office, saying he had done very well to hold the country together.

On his part, the President said the United Kingdom was second home for many Nigerians and relations between the two countries would continue to wax strong.

“In fact, some wealthy Nigerians don’t feel complete till they’ve had a home in the UK,” he added.

Buhari said he looked forward to retirement in Daura, Katsina State, after handing over on May 29, reiterating: “I’ll be as far away from Abuja as possible.”

He lauded UK for cooperation on many fronts, particularly in the rebuilding of the North-East.

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