Bola Tinubu visited the Nigerian President, who is due to attend some official functions, including the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). It is however not clear when the president would return to the country, as his media team was silent on this in the statement issued to announce his UK trip.
President Buhari had earlier met the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, last week Wednesday, whom he explained to why he was seeking re-election.
Responding to question by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, President Buhari lamented that the crisis has long existed.
“The problem is even older than us. It has always been there but now made worse by the influx of armed gunmen from the Sahel region into different parts of the West African sub-region.
“These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Gadaffi of Libya. When he was killed, the gunmen escaped with their arms. We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram.
“Herdsmen that we used to know carried only sticks and maybe a cutlass to clear the way, but these ones now carry sophisticated weapons. The problem is not religious, but sociological and economic. But we are working on solutions,” Buhari said.
In a statement which was signed by his special adviser on Media and Publicity, President Buhari also blamed “irresponsible politics” for the crisis.
He said politics has been brought into the farmers/herders’ crisis, but assured that enduring solutions would be found, and justice done to all concerned.
On the schoolgirl from Dapchi, Leah Sharibu who is still being held by insurgents, reportedly because she refused to renounce her Christian faith, the President said the issue is being dealt with quietly.
“We are managing the matter quietly. Making noise would not help. We are collecting as much intelligence as possible, working with the Red Cross and other international organisations. There are too many fraudulent people around, who claim they can do this and that. We won’t deal with them. That was how we got the Dapchi girls back, and the Chibok girls,” he said