Theresa May to visit Nigeria on Wednesday

Muhammadu Buhari and Theresa May

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, will arrive Nigeria on Wednesday on a three-nation Africa trade mission aimed at boosting her country’s post-Brexit fortunes.

Mrs May is expected in South Africa and Kenya on Tuesday and Thursday respectively.

The Prime Minister will meet with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja before meeting victims of modern slavery in Lagos.

She will be joined by a business delegation made up of 29 representatives from UK business – half of which are Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) from across all regions of the UK and its devolved administrations. The delegation shows the breadth and depth of British expertise in technology, infrastructure, and financial and professional services.

May, according to a BBC report on Monday, said a “prosperous, growing and trading Africa” was “in all of our interests”, adding the continent’s “incredible potential will only be realised through a concerted partnership between governments, global institutions and business”.

A Downing Street spokeswoman added: “The PM will use the visit to announce further support to tackle instability across the region because nations can’t prosper without it.

Security issues will also feature on her agenda as she is expected to discuss the threat of Boko Haram in Nigeria, and the role of British troops based in Kenya who are helping countries fight al-Shabab militants in Somalia.