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Nigerians should be proud of 2023 presidential poll, despite there was a set back — Outgoing British envoy

ABUJA—Catriona Laing, the incoming British High Commissioner to Nigeria, stated that despite the negative outcomes of the presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, February 25, there were positive developments to take away from the results.

She claims that there is a significant difference between when she arrived in Nigeria in 2019 and now.

She said that the election was fascinating despite the lawsuits that came after it because it promised democratic governance in the country in the future.

After paying a courtesy visit to Senator Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, yesterday in Abuja, the British envoy spoke with journalists at the Senate wing of the National Assembly. He said that despite disagreements about how the election was conducted by some political actors, the election indicated a bright future for the country.

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She stated, “I made a lot of good friends, I like a lot of Nigerian music, and the culture is so rich here. Second, Nigerian politics are so fascinating.

“I was here until the last election, and I finished with this one, and I’m impressed with Nigeria’s journey toward democracy.”

“Yes, there have been a few setbacks, but overall, I see this as a positive and Nigeria should be proud of it. However, there was a remarkable change when I arrived in 2019

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Nigeria is Africa’s largest democracy; Your ascent to democracy is watched by the entire world.

“Though there were a few disappointments during the most recent election, every Nigerian should be proud of itself overall because, ever since 1999, Nigeria has been on the right path when it comes to participatory democracy.

“Due to the transition to a three- or even four-party system, this election is very different and fascinating. I think Nigerians should also know that their votes matter.

In addition to the election, the British envoy, who praised Nigerians for their resilience in the face of adversity, said: There had been difficult periods. We had COVID-19, and since I’ve been here, there has been a lot more anxiety. Nigerians are extraordinarily resilient.

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I continue to have high hopes for Nigeria’s future. As a result, it’s been a wonderful tour, and leaving is very sad.

Earlier in his remarks, Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, praised the British envoy for her positive attitude toward Nigeria, but he also asked her to help strengthen relations between Nigeria and Britain.

Lawan stated, Over the years, Nigeria and Britain have developed very cordial and diplomatic relations. We believe that a highly regarded diplomat like you can contribute to its development and growth.

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