Minister Hussen to attend presidential inauguration in Nigeria

News release

May 27, 2023 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced that the Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, will visit Nigeria from May 27 to 29, 2023.

In Abuja, Minister Hussen will attend the inauguration of president-elect Bola Tinubu, following the federal elections of February 25, 2023.

Canada and Nigeria share strong bilateral ties, and Canada looks forward to continue collaborating with Nigeria on shared priorities, including trade opportunities and regional security, through the leadership of the new president.

While in Nigeria, Minister Hussen will meet with representatives of civil society organizations, youth and international partners regarding Nigeria’s efforts in promoting inclusion and respect for diversity.


“Canada and Nigeria share an important relationship founded on our solid bilateral partnerships, mutual priorities for advancing peace and security and our well-established commercial and people-to-people ties. Canada stands with the people of Nigeria in their resilience and commitment to democracy, and we look forward to continue building on our important bonds.”

- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Canada and Nigeria have a long history of fostering meaningful partnerships, and I look forward to engaging with our partners in the region to further strengthen efforts in protecting human rights and fostering inclusive communities to build a sustainable and prosperous world for all.”

- Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion

Quick facts

  • Nigeria achieved independence in 1960; Canada and Nigeria established diplomatic relations in 1962.

  • In 2022, Nigeria was Canada’s second-largest bilateral merchandise trading partner in Africa, with bilateral merchandise trade worth $2.2 billion. 

  • Nigeria is the eighth-largest recipient of Canada’s international assistance, which was $152.2 million in fiscal year 2021 to 2022.

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