President Muhammadu Buhari said he met with His Royal Majesty, King Charles III, in Buckingham Palace on Wednesday in order to strengthen Nigeria’s bilateral ties with the UK.
After visiting the 73-year-old king, Buhari said in an interview that King Charles III had enquired about his residence in the UK.
“He (King Charles III) asked me whether I have a house here (in the UK), I said no. I live in Nigeria alone, the only house I have are those I have before I got into government and I am not very much interested in having houses all over the place. I feel much freer when I have nothing,” the President said.
Regarding the reason for his visit to the respected king, Buhari stated that since Nigeria is a sizable market, it makes sense to foster the commercial ties between the two nations.
“Firstly, we are to meet with the king in Kigali but unfortunately, the meeting was postponed. He is interested very much in Nigeria, maybe because of Nigeria’s relationship with Britain for long, our economic strength, I think we are still of great attachment to them,” he said.
During the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away in September 2022 at the old age of 96, Nigeria, a former colony of Great Britain, had achieved independence on October 1, 1960.
The current ruler, who assumed the throne following the death of his mother, “speaks very well of Nigeria and wants the relationship to continue and, if possible, improve,” according to Buhari.
“Most economic, Nigerian businessmen and British men want to continue to work together. Let them make sure that the relationship is improved instead of being allowed to go down,” the President said.