Outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, praised Nigerians for their commitment to democracy, despite experiencing setbacks during the 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections. Liang made the remarks while addressing reporters after her farewell meeting with Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, in Abuja.
Laing expressed admiration for Nigeria’s political landscape, describing it as “fascinating,” and noted her positive impressions of the country’s progress in democracy.
When asked about her thoughts on Nigeria and its democratic system, Liang responded, “Nigerians are truly incredible people. I’ve traveled extensively throughout the country, visiting every geopolitical zone.
“I’ve made wonderful friends everywhere I’ve been. I adore Nigeria’s music, dancing, and the richness of its culture.
“Furthermore, Nigeria’s politics are utterly captivating. I witnessed the previous election, and I’m concluding my term with this one. I’m genuinely impressed with Nigeria’s democratic journey.
“While there have been setbacks, overall, I view it positively, and Nigerians should feel proud.
“Nigeria, as Africa’s largest democracy, captures the world’s attention as it progresses toward democracy.
“Though there were disappointments in this election, I believe Nigerians should take pride in their achievements.”
Laing also highlighted the resilience of Nigerians during challenging times, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and increased insecurity since her arrival in 2019. She praised the country’s entrepreneurial spirit and expressed optimism for Nigeria’s future.
The British Envoy concluded, “It has been an extraordinary experience. I’m sad to leave, but the strong partnership between the UK and Nigeria ensures I’ll be back soon.”
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