President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met behind closed doors with a national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in London.
The President’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, made this known on his Twittter handle, @BashirAhmad, on Sunday.
“President Muhammadu Buhari receives National leader of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu (Jagaba) today in London,’’ the tweet read.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari, who is on official visit to London had, on Wednesday, met with the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London, where he explained why he declared his intention to run for another term in office.
Recall that Buhari had, on April 9, 2018, during the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the APC declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019.
“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,’’ the President told the Archbishop.
While in Britain, Buhari is billed to hold discussions on Nigeria-British relations with British Prime Minister, Theresa May, before the commencement of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings scheduled for April 18 to 20.
A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, had, earlier, disclosed that: “The President will also meet the Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Plc, Mr. Ben van Beurden, in connection with Shell and other partners’ plan to invest $15bn in Nigeria’s oil industry.
“These investment ventures will lay the foundation for the next 20 years’ production and domestic gas supply, bringing with it all the attendant benefits both to the economy and the wider society,” Shehu said.
Shehu, who is the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, said that further meetings had also been scheduled for the President to see some prominent British and Nigerians residing in the United Kingdom.