Why UK Needs Nigeria’s Waters – Foreign Secretary
Nigeria’s former colonial master needs Nigeria in more ways than one.
They not only need Nigeria’s large market to sell their products but they also need Nigeria’s waters to transport oil to their shores.
Perhaps, most Nigerians were not aware of these realities until the United Kingdom (UK) Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, came visiting on Thursday.
He told newsmen in Lagos that a lot of the UK’s oil came through the Nigerian Waters.
The Foreign Secretary said this at the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Unity at Naval Dockyard Limited in Victoria Island, Lagos.
“I congratulate the Nigerian Navy for what it is doing to combat piracy in the Gulf of Guinea.
“We in the U.K are very proud to offer assistance to the navy to become even better in tackling piracy.
“A lot of our oil in the U.K comes through this water so it is very important that they are tackling this problem of piracy,” he said.
The Chief of Trainings and Operation, Rear Admiral Fergusson Bobai, who represented the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok Ibas, said the visit is to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.