I’m Sad To Leave Nigeria, British High Commissioner Bids Farewell To Nigeria
I’m sad to be leaving. Nigeria is so much fun, I had a fabulous time here and I’ll be back”, these were the words of outgoing British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Wendy Laing.
She spoke yesterday during a farewell visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja, after a four-and-a half years tour of duty.
According to her, she is sad living a country in which she has had a good time for four years.
She said: “I love the dance, the music, the culture. It’s been good to experience Nigeria. I’ve been to over 20 States, and I’ve told my successor to also do the same. I’ll be back, and still travel wider.”
In a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, Laing congratulated President Buhari for very successful eight years in office, saying he had done very well to hold the country together.
The President said the United Kingdom (UK) was second home for many Nigerians, and that relations between the two countries will continue to wax strong.
“In fact, some wealthy Nigerians don’t feel complete till they’ve had a home in the UK,” he added.
President Buhari said he looked forward to retirement in Daura, Katsina State, after handing over on May 29, reiterating: “I’ll be as far away from Abuja as possible.”
He lauded the UK for cooperation on many fronts, particularly in the rebuilding of the Northeast, hitherto ravaged by insurgency.