I’m both­ered about se­cu­rity, econ­omy, not 2019 elec­tions, says Buhari

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Ter­hemba Daka, Abuja

PRES­I­DENT Muham­madu Buhari yes­ter­day said that he is more con­cerned with tack­ling the myr­iad of se­cu­rity and eco­nomic chal­lenges in Nige­ria than pre­oc­cupy him­self with the forth­com­ing 2019 elec­tion. Pres­i­dent Buhari’s po­si­tion res­onated as he held bi­lat­eral talks on his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s three-pronged fo­cus with Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter, Theresa May at 10, Down­ing Street, Lon­don. “We cam­paigned on three ma­jor is­sues, to se­cure the coun­try, re­vive the econ­omy and fight cor­rup­tion,” said the Pres­i­dent.

“We have elec­tions next year, politi­cians are al­ready pre­oc­cu­pied with the polls, but I am both­ered more about se­cu­rity and the econ­omy,” he stressed.

Pres­i­dent Buhari, in a state­ment signed by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Femi Adesina, yes­ter­day com­mended Bri­tish com­pa­nies like Unilever, Cad­bury, and many oth­ers, “who have stood with Nige­ria through thick and thin. Even when we fought a Civil War, they never left.

“But like Oliver Twist, we ask for more in­vest­ments. We are en­cour­ag­ing more Bri­tish com­pa­nies to come to Nige­ria. We ap­pre­ci­ate the sup­port you have given in train­ing and equip­ping our mil­i­tary, par­tic­u­larly in the war against in­sur­gency, but we want to also con­tinue to work with you on trade and in­vest­ment.”

Pres­i­dent Buhari briefed Prime Min­is­ter May on the strides in agri­cul­ture, which he said has put Nige­ria firmly on the road to food self-suf­fi­ciency.

“I am very pleased with the suc­cesses in agri­cul­ture,” he said, adding: “We have cut rice im­por­ta­tion by about 90%, made lots of sav­ings of for­eign ex­change, and gen­er­ated em­ploy­ment. Peo­ple had rushed to the cities to get oil money, at the ex­pense of farm­ing. But luck­ily, they are now go­ing back to the farms. Even pro­fes­sion­als are go­ing back to the land. We are mak­ing steady progress on the road to food se­cu­rity.”

On ed­u­ca­tion, Pres­i­dent Buhari said more in­vest­ment was be­ing made, be­cause “peo­ple can look af­ter them­selves if well ed­u­cated. In this age of tech­nol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion is very im­por­tant. We need well-staffed and well-equipped in­sti­tu­tions to move into the next gen­er­a­tion.”

Prime Min­is­ter May, in her re­marks, said Britain would con­tinue to work with Nige­ria in the ar­eas of train­ing and equip­ping the mil­i­tary.

She was par­tic­u­lar about ab­duc­tion of young school­girls by Boko Haram, not­ing that Britain would con­tinue to give Nige­ria needed as­sis­tance.

The Prime Min­is­ter said the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion has “been mak­ing good progress on the econ­omy,” and urged it to main­tain the fo­cus, de­spite ap­proach­ing elec­tions, and in­crease in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

Kwara State Gover­nor, Al­haji Ab­dul­fa­tah Ahmed ( left); Ogun State Gover­nor, Ibikunle Amo­sun; Sen­ate Pres­i­dent, Dr. Bukola Saraki; Mudir of Markaz, Sheikh Habee­bu­lah Adam Al-ilory and the Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Sa’ad Abubakar at the cen­te­nary...

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