No Third Term For Me, ‘The First Person Who Tried It Didn’t End Very Well’ — Buhari Tells Boris Johnson

Muhammadu Buhari (left) and Boris Johnson (right)

President Muhammadu Buhari has told UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson that there is no feasibility of him pursuing a third term in office.

Buhari spoke on Thursday during a bilateral meeting with Johnson on the sideline of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.

According to the presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Johnson had asked if Buhari would run for office again, and he responded by saying: “Another term for me? No! The first person who tried it didn’t end very well.”

President Buhari also denied that Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), was not being permitted to see his lawyers.

He said the separationist activist is given every opportunity under the law “to justify all the uncomplimentary things he had been saying against Nigeria in Britain”.

“He felt very safe in Britain and said awful things against Nigeria. We eventually got him when he stepped out of the United Kingdom, and we sent him to court,” Buhari said.

“Let him defend all that he has said there. His lawyers have access to him. Remember he jumped bail before, how are we sure he won’t do it again if he’s admitted to bail?”

President Buhari, whilst speaking on the Boko Haram insurgency, said serious efforts are ongoing to educate the people on the fact that only an “unserious person” could kill innocent persons and attribute it to God.

“And the education process is working, the people now understand Boko Haram as anti-God, and not about religion,” he said.

In his own comment, the UK’s Prime minister expressed joy in the trade relations between both countries, noting that the UK was further cutting tariffs on some goods going to Nigeria.

“I just want to be sure that we are doing enough. It’s a massive partnership for us, and we need to capitalise on it,” he said.