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Queens congratulatory message delivered

27 February 2014, 20:56

Abuja - Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain has written to congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan, the Federal Government and people of Nigeria on the occasion of Nigeria's centenary celebration.

Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, said Britain's Minister for Africa, Mark Simmonds, had delivered the message.

"On the occasion of the Republic of Nigeria celebrating 100 years since the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Nigeria, I send the people of Nigeria my warmest congratulations," the Queen was quoted as saying.

She said she had fond memories of her visit to Nigeria in 1956 and again in 2003 as Head of the Commonwealth.

"The links between our two countries have deepened over the past 100 years and I hope they will continue to do so," said the monarch.

Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960.

Since the independence, it has maintained favourable relations with the UK.

- CAJ News


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