Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday welcomed the British Prime Minister, Theresa May to Abuja.
Both leaders met and a lot was discussed.
For the Nigerian president, the 2019 general elections is top on his mind, and he is out to make it a free, fair and credible one.
This was one of many things Buhari told May on Wednesday, according to Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina.
“I assure you that I’m all out for free, fair and credible elections. I’m very pleased that my party is doing very well. The High Commissioner will brief you more. The recent successes in polls in Katsina, Bauchi, and Kogi have boosted our morale greatly.
“Nigeria has accepted multi-party democracy and that is putting politicians on their toes, forcing them to work harder.”
“We had great opportunities and resources between 1999 and 2014, due to high oil prices. But when we came in 2015, oil prices plunged to as low as $37 per barrel.
“What we have been doing since 2015 is to focus on infrastructure development, despite low earnings. Work is ongoing on roads, rail, power, and many others,” he said.
On Brexit, Buhari noted that it provided an opportunity to strengthen the historic ties between Nigeria and the UK.
“We are nervously watching the development about Brexit because we know that the relationship had been on for a long time. I assure you that I am prepared to strengthen the relationship between our two countries,” he promised.
“I am very grateful to the British government under your leadership for the help in security, particularly your training team that is in our institution in Kaduna,’’ he said.