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Why Nigeria Should Be Proud Of 2023 Presidential Election — UK




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The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, on Monday said Nigerians should be proud of the process of the February 25th Presidential and National Assembly elections, even though there were setbacks.

The envoy described the election as fascinating as it offered future assurances for democratic governance in the country.

Laing stated this while addressing newsmen in Abuja at the Senate wing of the National Assembly on Monday after a courtesy visit to the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan.

The envoy said, ”I made very good friends I love Nigerian music a lot the culture here is so rich secondly the politics in Nigeria is so fascinating.

“I was here till the last election and I finished with this election and I’m impressed with Nigeria’s democratic journey.

“Yes, a bit setbacks. but overall, I see this as positive and Nigeria should be proud, but with a remarkable difference when I came in 2019.

“Nigeria is the biggest democracy in Africa. The world watches your progress to democracy.

“Though there were some disappointments in the last election overall, every Nigerian should be proud because since 1999 Nigeria has been on the right track as far as participatory democracy is concerned.

“The election here is very different and fascinating as you are moving to three party system or maybe even four. I think Nigerians as well should realise that their votes count.”

The British Envoy, who hailed Nigerians for being resilient at all times of difficulties, said, “There had been some tough times. We had COVID-19, and insecurity has got a lot more since I was here. Nigerian people are incredibly resilient. I remain very optimistic about Nigeria’s future. So it’s been a very wonderful tour and very sad to be going.”

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan in his address commended the British envoy on her positive disposition to the country and tasked her to help in strengthening bilateral relations between Nigeria and Britain.

Lawan said, ”Nigeria and Britain have come a long way in very cordial and diplomatic relations over the years, the tradition we believe, high rated diplomat like you can help to foster and strengthen.”

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He wished her all the best in her future endeavours.