Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has announced Nigeria ready to embrace support from the Commonwealth in various areas of needs and challenges.
Buhari said this during a bilateral meeting, yesterday, with Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland, on the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London, United Kingdom.
Acknowledging that Nigeria was doing a lot to handle food security through massive investment in agriculture and also affirming the security issues facing the most populous black country, President Buhari accepted the proposal of assistance by the Commonwealth scribe.
Baroness Scotland stated that the 54-member state political association had formulated programmes on agribusiness, mostly value addition for young people to get involved, climate change, criminal justice reforms, police reforms and security, persuading Nigeria to benefit from technical assistance that could be provided.
Additionally, she said that since President Buhari is the Champion for Anti-Corruption in Africa, the Commonwealth has developed anti-graft benchmark tools, and would like to work with Nigeria in both public and private sectors.
According to the scribe, other areas the group could assist include reacting to violent extremism, trade and modalities to implement the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
Also, Buahri brainstormed with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the assorted forms of terrorism in Nigeria, with both acknowledging that the judicial process must be allowed to run its full course.
The two leaders said it was important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who is implicated.
He informed the premier on the country’s power needs and efforts being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security.
Buhari also assessed the security dilemma in the different regions of the country, while PM Johnson promised Britain’s preparedness to lend a supporting hand.
Conclusively, they equally discussed how to boost trade relations, generate solar and wind power, powerful leadership of the Commonwealth and other matters of common interest.