24 June 2016
President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friay in Abuja that he regretted the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron, which comes into effect in October.
Cameron reigned as Britain’s Prime Minister on Friday after the “Leave EU’’ campaign secured 52 per cent of the vote in a Thursday referendum.
President Buhari said in a statement signed by Garba Shehu, his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity that Nigeria had enjoyed remarkable goodwill, support and understanding under the “capable leadership of the outgoing Prime Minister over the years’’.
The president said Cameron’s resignation in response to the outcome of a referendum that supported Britain to leave the European Union “was a demonstration of courage by a democratic leader who respects the will of the people, even if he didn’t agree with their decision’’.
President Buhari noted that by ‘‘putting the will of the people before his political future, the prime minister proved himself to be a selfless leader with respect for democracy and voter sovereignty’’.
He said Nigeria looked forward to greater cooperation and consolidation of shared interests with Britain, “despite the outcome of the referendum’’.
Cameron addressed the nation in an emotional speech outside 10 Downing Street on Friday to announce that he would be stepping down.
The outcome of the “Remain” or “Leave” EU referendum sets Britain on an uncertain path and deals the largest setback to European efforts to forge greater unity since World War II.
While England voted overwhelmingly to exit from the EU, Scotland and Northern Ireland backed “Remain’’ in the EU vote.