President Muhammadu Buhari held a bilateral meeting with Britain’s Prime Minister on the sidelines of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda, during which he once again reiterated his determination to respect the maximum term limit established in the Nigerian Constitution.
The prime minister, obviously unfamiliar with the two-term ceiling, had asked if President Buhari would run for office again. To which the latter replied:
“Another term for me? Nope! The first person who tried it did not end very well.” (general laughter).
As for the leader of the Outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, was not allowed to see his lawyers in private, the president dispelled such an insinuation, saying that the detained separatist was having every opportunity under the law “to justify all unflattering actions. things that he had been saying against Nigeria in Britain”.
Said President Buhari: “He felt very safe in Britain and said horrible things against Nigeria. We finally caught him when he left the UK and sent him to court. May he defend everything he has said there. His lawyers have access to him. Remember he jumped bail before, how do we make sure he won’t do it again, if he’s admitted on bail?
Commenting on the prime minister’s expressed enthusiasm to help Nigeria in the area of security, the president said that helping to stabilize Libya could be a good first step, as the fall of Muammar Gadaffi after 42 years in power sparked his armed guards in the Sahel countries. , “and they are wreaking havoc everywhere, because the only thing they know how to do is shoot weapons.”
On the Boko Haram insurgency, President Buhari said there was a lot of effort to educate people that only a careless person could kill innocent people, “and say Allah Akbar (God is great). God is justice. You cannot take innocent souls and attribute them to God. And the educational process is working, people now understand Boko Haram as anti-God, and not about religion.”
Prime Minister Johnson said he was delighted with the good news on trade between the two countries, adding that the UK was further reducing tariffs on some products going to Nigeria.
He described the relationship between the countries as “a very strong attachment”, adding: “I just want to make sure we are doing enough. It’s a massive partnership for us, and we need to capitalize on it.”
The Prime Minister offered his condolences for some recent attacks in Nigeria, particularly on churches.
Femi AdesinaSpecial Advisor to the President (Media and Advertising)June 23, 2022