Buhari discusses third term, Nnamdi Kanu, insecurity with UK PM Boris Johnson
On Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari held a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, where he clarified a number of issues.
During the talks, Mr Buhari reiterated his determination to uphold the maximum term limit in the Nigerian Constitution, Femi Adesina, his spokesperson, said in a statement released Thursday evening in Abuja.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.
Mr Adesina said the British Prime Minister, who was clearly unaware of Nigeria’s maximum two-term limit, had asked whether President Buhari would run again.
Responding to Mr Johnson’s question, the Nigerian leader said:
“Another term for me? Nope! The first person who tried it didn’t end up very well.
On the leader of the Proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, not being allowed to see his lawyers in private, the President dispelled such an insinuation.
He said the detained separatist had every opportunity under the law “to justify all the unflattering things he said against Nigeria in Britain.
“He felt very safe in Britain and said horrible things against Nigeria.
“We finally got him when he got out of the UK, and we sent him to court.
“Let him defend everything he said there. His lawyers have access to him. Remember he skipped bail before, how are we sure he won’t again, if he is admitted to bail? »
Regarding the Prime Minister’s expressed desire to help Nigeria in the security sphere, the President said that helping to stabilize Libya could be a good first step.
He said the fall of Muammar Gaddafi after 42 years in power had unleashed armed guards on the Sahel countries, “and they are causing havoc everywhere, because the only thing they know how to do is shoot guns “.
Regarding the Boko Haram insurgency, Buhari said that there are serious efforts to educate people that only an unserious person can 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 education process is working, people now understand Boko Haram as anti-God, not as a matter of religion.
Mr Johnson said he was delighted with the good news regarding trade between the two countries, adding that the UK was further reducing tariffs on certain goods destined for Nigeria.
He described the relationship between the countries as “a very strong bond”.
He added: “I just want to make sure we’re 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 against churches.