President Muhammadu Buhari has explained why he indicated interest to seek re-election for another term in office on Monday, April 9, 2018, during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London Wednesday, President Buhari said:
“I declared before leaving home because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not. So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others. We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”
Buhari highlighted some landmarks of his administration to his guest who has been a close acquaintance in recent times and has expressed interest in Buhari’s agricultural strides.
“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90%, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture. Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased,” the President said.
On the war against insurgency, he reiterated the need for continuous enlightment of the people, “so that they can be free from religious manipulation,” adding that no true religion promotes the hurting or killing of the innocent.
Archbishop Welby said it was always a delight to see President Buhari, “whom I have tremendous respect for,” adding: “You have my best wishes on your recent decision. I read your declaration speech. We are neutral as a church, but we will pray for you. Great statesmen are those who run for the good of their country. We will be praying for you.”
The Archbishop gifted President Buhari with a copy of his recent book, ‘Reimagining Britain. Foundations for Hope.