UK-Africa Summit: Buhari Seeks More Assistance

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As part of activities marked out for the UK-Africa Investment Summit holding in London, President Muhammadu Buhari has said the cooperation of the National Crime Agency of UK was still needed, particularly in the investigation of fugitives from Nigeria who were finding accommodation in the United Kingdom.

 

Buhari made the appeal at a meeting with British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.

The President used the opportunity of the meeting to brief the British Prime Minister on developments in Nigeria, reeling out gains in different areas of national endeavor.

President Buhari disclosed that the strides in agriculture which led almost to self-sufficiency in rice and other grains had saved the country billions in foreign exchange, which are now deployed to other areas of development.

Speaking on the war against insurgency, President Buhari disclosed that things were a lot better, with the disabuse of the minds of the people on the true philosophy of Boko Haram, and the main challenge is in the area of resettling displaced people, which is being tackled frontally.

On climate change, the Nigerian leader noted that it was a challenge to Nigeria and neighboring African countries, especially with the shrinkage of the Lake Chad to a minuscule of its original size.

On his part, the British Prime Minister thanked President Buhari for being a regional leader who gives strong encouragement to the West.

He congratulated him on jobs being created through agriculture and urged him to do more.

Johnson lauded the Nigerian President for what he calls the “social and economic benefits” that have accrued to the country since he emerged, and that the necessary hand of fellowship would be extended on the war against corruption, through the National Crime Agency.

The PM promised to cooperate with Nigeria and other African countries in the inter-basin water transfer, which could solve the Lake Chad problem, and enhance security in the sub-region.

The Prime Minister, while commenting on the Commonwealth Free Trade Area, being espoused by President Buhari, lauded the idea, and pledged a careful consideration.

He charged President Buhari to keep the national autonomy of his country intact, noting that in the future Nigeria would not just be a continental but international power.

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