Buhari congratulates new British Prime Minister, Liz Truss

Muhammadu Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday, congratulated the new Prime Minister of Britain, Liz Truss, on her assumption of “this trusted position of leadership”.

Truss, who served as foreign secretary until her emergence, defeated top contender Rishi Sunak on Monday under the Conservative Party.

This is according to a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, titled ‘President Buhari congratulates British Prime Minister.’

The statement partly read, “On behalf of the citizens and Government of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates the new Prime Minister of Britain, Liz Truss, on her assumption of this trusted position of leadership.

“The President rejoices with the former Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom, whose antecedents in government, politics and diplomacy will further shape and strengthen relations with Nigeria and other nations.

“He affirms that the shared ties between Nigeria and Britain remain strong, positive and mutually beneficial, while working with Prime Minister Liz Truss to deepen that relationship in the interest of both countries.”

Buhari also appreciated the warmth and friendliness of the immediate past Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, wishing him the best in his future endeavours.

Liz Truss

Liz Truss became Britain’s third female prime minister after Monday’s announcement by the ruling Conservative Party that she would replace Boris Johnson. Truss, 47, was foreign secretary in Johnson’s government and has portrayed herself as the political heir to Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s formidable cheerleader for free markets and low taxes.

One thing to know: No matter who is prime minister, and no matter which party is in power, the close alliance between the U.S. and U.K. is unlikely to change.

  • Truss beat Rishi Sunak, who served in Johnson’s government as finance minister, by 57% of votes cast by about 172,000 grassroots members of the Conservative Party. That figure represents less than 1% of the U.K.’s population of 67 million. 
  • Truss’ job one: The pandemic, Russia’s war in Ukraine and Britain’s exit from the European Unionhave disrupted supply chains and led to skyrocketing energy costs, threatening the risk of so-called fuel poverty for millions of U.K. residents and businesses.
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