By Idris Abbas,
UK Prime Minister Theresa May was in Nigeria Wednesday for a visit and met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja.
During their meeting, Buhari assured UK Prime Minister Theresa May that the All Progressives Congress-controlled government is doing well for Nigeria and the recent victories of the party in state elections in the country has boosted the morale of the APC and its officials for the 2019 elections.
Buhari also assured May assured May of his commitment to conducting free, fair and credible elections in 2019.
In a bilateral meeting with the visiting Prime Minister, President Buhari welcomed UK’s support at strengthening democratic institutions in the country.
‘‘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 multiparty democracy and that is putting politicians on their toes, forcing them to work harder,’’ he said.
In her remarks, Prime Minister May, who welcomed the assurance by the Nigerian government on credible elections in 2019, said she was pleased to be in Abuja to continue the ‘‘excellent discussions’’ she started with President Buhari in London in April, this year, particularly on security, trade, asset recovery and the fight against corruption.
‘‘Security and defence cooperation are very important steps to address Boko Haram and Islamic State in West Africa,’’ May said.
President Buhari and Prime Minister Theresa May later witnessed the signing of Bilateral agreement on Nigerian Trade Development by Nigerian Minister of State Budget & National Planning, Hajia Zainab Ahmed and the British Minister of State for Trade Policy, George Hollingbery, MP.
Here are pictures of the visit: