King Charles III will enhance ties between the UK and Nigeria, according to Ben Llewellyn-Jones, the deputy high commissioner of the UK to Nigeria.
Following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8 and the coronation of Charles III, Llewellyn-Jones announced this on Tuesday at a press conference.
He claimed that King Charles III had a personal stake in Nigeria and noted that he shared the Queen’s enthusiasm and interest in the nation.
“The king had visited Nigeria four times since 1990 with his recent visit coming in 2018 and this showed that he has a strong relationship with Nigeria personally.
“During his last visit, he personally enjoyed the visit as he met with different people from the youths to traditional rulers.
“It is important to note that the relationship between the UK and Nigeria has been great and the King Charles III will further strengthen the bilateral relationship between both countries.
“There are Africans in the cabinet of the UK noticeably, a Nigerian is the secretary of state for International trade, so this will further expand our relationship in terms of economy and volume of trade,” he said.
Llewellyn-Jones said, ” the King would bring something different and new,” adding, ”every monarch has his own ways of operating.
“King Charles waited for a long time and during that time, he understudied the queen and I’m sure he learnt a lot from her and he would continue with that.
“Every monarch brings something fresh to the role and he would make fresh light to the commonwealth,” he said.
The commission in Lagos would not attend the burial in the UK, according to Llewellyn-Jones, but it would closely follow it.
He also said that West Africa would be able to see the funeral on television.