Buhari meets Theresa May, urges more influx of British investments into Nigeria

President Buhari who said this on Monday during a bilateral meeting with United Kingdom prime minister Theresa May in London, remarked that eventhough the election date is drawing closer, his priority at the moment is to deliver on his administration's three cardinal objectives of securing the country, reviving the economy and fighting corruption.

The meeting which was held behind closed-door, had the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Godfrey Onyeama, and other government officials in attendance.

"Furthermore, is it not preposterous that President Buhari told the British Prime Minister that his administration is achieving food security when in truth, we are facing a major food crisis in Nigeria, with prices of staple food, particularly rice, now beyond the reach of the citizens?"

President Buhari will also meet Donald Trump in Washington on April 30 to discuss issues including "fighting terrorism" and economic growth in Nigeria.

Nigeria's main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop "furthering his re-election interest by de-marketing the country" during the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

The governor in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Monday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said it was shameful that the President had forgotten that he was also among the past leaders he was blaming for the country's economic problems.

On education, President Buhari said more investment was being made, because "people can look after themselves if well educated".

He also made a case for the recharging of Lake Chad which he said was now about 10 per cent of its original size. But if there is inter-basin water transfer, about 40 million people in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad, and other countries stand to benefit.

"I am very pleased with the successes in agriculture".

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, a 75-year-old former military ruler who took office in 2015, last week announced that he will seek a second term in elections next year. Nearly all of them were below 30, and Libya was not their final destination.

The Prime Minister, however, commended President Buhari's administration for "making good progress on the economy", and urged it to maintain the focus despite approaching elections and the increase in political activities. "Stability at home is important, to curb illegal migration." she said.

  • Delores Daniels