King Charles Will Strengthen Relations With Nigeria – Envoy

The Deputy British High Commissioner for Nigeria, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, says King Charles III will strengthen relations between the United Kingdom and Nigeria.

Llewellyn-Jones announced this on Tuesday during a press conference after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who died on September 8, and the new King Charles III took office.

He said King Charles III was personally based in Nigeria, noting that he shared the common interest and passion the Queen had for the country.

“The King had visited Nigeria four times since 1990 with his recent visit in 2018 and this showed that he personally has a strong relationship with Nigeria.

“During his last visit, he personally enjoyed the visit as he met different people, from young people to traditional rulers.

“It is important to note that the relationship between the UK and Nigeria has been great and King Charles III will further strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

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“There are notably Africans in the UK cabinet, one Nigerian is the Secretary of State for International Trade, so this will further expand our relationship in terms of economy and trade volume,” he said.

Llewellyn-Jones said “the king would bring something different and new”, adding: “every monarch has his own way of working.

“King Charles has waited a long time and in that time he has studied the Queen too little and I am sure he learned a lot from her and would continue to do so.

“Every monarch brings something new to the role and he would shed new light on the commonwealth,” he said.

Llewellyn-Jones noted that the committee in Lagos would not attend the funeral in the UK, and said it would be monitoring it closely.

He added that the funeral would be broadcast throughout West Africa. (NAN).

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