Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has met with the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing on Monday in Abuja, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Speaking after the meeting, Atiku and Laing said the parley centred on addressing some national issues in Nigeria and deepening ties between the two countries.
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Atiku said: “We discussed a wide range of issues from the economy to education, security, electoral reforms and improved collaboration between the UK and the Nigerian governments on finding lasting diplomatic common ground on issues that mutually benefit both countries.
“I expect the United Kingdom to play a more active role in the survival of democracy in Nigeria, and I am confident that the presidential election in 2023 will be free and fair. I decry the poor state of affairs in the country and solicit UK assistance, especially in the area of training and intelligence sharing,” Atiku added.
In her tweet, Laing said she had an interesting session with the PDP presidential candidate.
“Good to meet the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar @atiku today. Interesting to hear his ideas on the economic, security and development priorities for #Nigeria ahead of #2023elections,” Laing wrote on her Twitter handle.
She added: “The meeting with the former Vice President was part of the ongoing engagement of the UK government to enhance democracy and credible elections in Nigeria. We discussed a wide range of issues bordering on security, education, agriculture, economy, and fostering national unity in Nigeria.”