President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said the United Kingdom, under the late Queen Elizabeth ll, stood by Nigeria during torrid times, The Punch reports.
Buhari said the UK during the Civil War between 1967 and 1970 supported the unity of Nigeria, adding that the British monarch visited Nigeria twice before her demise.
Buhari spoke during a condolence visit to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, at her residence in Abuja on Saturday. He was represented by the Secretary to the Government to the Federation, Boss Mustapha.
Buhari said, “We have maintained very close ties with the monarchy. She was a very gracious and elegant queen. For the purposes of remembrance, the fact is that 90 per cent of Nigerians do not know any monarch in the UK other than the queen.
“We welcome the new king and we look forward to a strong working relationship with the UK.
Queen Elizabeth during her first visit to Nigeria
“They have been a very strong ally even in the midst of our difficult time during the Biafran war; they stood for the indivisibility of the Nigerian state, supported and ensured that we overcame that problem.
“We are partnering to deal with the insurgency so that it doesn’t overwhelm us. They have always stood as a very strong ally.”