While in Britain, Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), condemned Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari made these remarks during a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda, on Thursday.
Buhari refuted rumours that Kanu was not let to meet privately with his attorneys.
The President stated that the arrested separatist was being afforded every legal opportunity “to justify all the disparaging remarks he has made against Nigeria in Britain.”
“He felt very secure in Britain and uttered horrible things about Nigeria. When he eventually left the United Kingdom, we apprehended him and sent him to court. Let him defend all he stated there. His legal counsel has access to him. How can we be confident that he would not skip bail again if he is released on bail?”
In response to the Prime Minister’s desire to assist Nigeria in the area of security, the President suggested that stabilising Libya would be a good first step, as Muammar Gadaffi’s fall from power after 42 years had unleashed his armed guards on countries in the Sahel, “and they are wreaking havoc everywhere because all they know how to do is shoot guns.”
Regarding the Boko Haram insurgency, President Buhari stated that a serious effort was being made to educate the populace on the notion that only a nonserious individual could slaughter innocent people and yell “Allah is the greatest” (God is Great). God is justice. You cannot attribute the innocent souls to God. And the education process is effective, as the populace now recognises Boko Haram as anti-God and not religious.”
Mr. Johnson, who was evidently unaware of the maximum two-term rule, inquired as to whether or not President Buhari would run for office again.
The President responded to the query, “Another term for me? No! The first person who attempted it failed miserably (general laughter).”
Johnson stated that he was thrilled by the positive trade news between the two nations, adding that the United Kingdom was decreasing duties on certain Nigeria-bound commodities.
He described the relationship between the countries as “very close” and said, “I simply want to make sure we are doing enough. This is a monumental alliance for us, and we must profit on it.”
The Prime Minister expressed his sympathies for the recent attacks on churches in Nigeria.