Buhari, PM Johnson agree on common future for Commonwealth – Presidency

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By Ismaila Chafe

Abuja – Presidency says stage is for a new trade regime between UK and its old partners as well as an alignment with new trading partners following exit of United Kingdom Union.

Malam Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the on and Publicity, stated this a Abuja on Monday.

He said: “ Muhammadu Buhari, understanding the inevitability of the , had stated earlier of the opportunities presented by Nigeria and indeed other nations of the Commonwealth the emerging trade scenario occasioned by the Brexit.

is therefore heart-warming Prime Minister Boris Johnson also believes indeed, a new dawn awaits the United Kingdom its trade relationship with countries within the Commonwealth, Nigeria inclusive as reflected his speech earlier Monday Greenwich.

Buhari, while writing on, A new case for a Commonwealth based on trade, on the eve of the ‘UK- Africa Investment ’ in London in January, had said: `I like many other Commonwealth , also a new settlement: not only of closer between the UK and my own , but of unleashing trade within the club in which we together shall remain.’

“With a of nearly 200 million made of largely of vibrant and energetic young and brimming with ideas, and being the largest economy in Africa, Nigeria looks forward to a trade engagement with the United Kingdom.”

He said this would undoubtedly present for Nigeria and indeed the Commonwealth a mutually benefiting dawn.

According to the aide, President Buhari is optimistic the forthcoming Commonwealth meeting in June promises to be one to look forward to by all participants.