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BUHARI IN LONDON: WELCOMES COMMONWEALTH SUPPORT ON SECURITY, CLIMATE CHANGE, OTHERS; MEETS BRITISH PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON; ADDRESSES GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT

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STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE
Nigeria will be glad to receive support from the Commonwealth in diverse areas of needs and challenges, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.

The President spoke during a bilateral meeting Thursday with Commonwealth Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland, at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit holding in London, United Kingdom.

Saying Nigeria was doing a lot to address food security through heavy investment in agriculture, and the security issues confronting the country in different regions, President Buhari welcomed the offer of assistance by the Commonwealth scribe.

Baroness Scotland said the Commonwealth had developed programmes on agribusiness, adding value to agriculture products for young people to get involved, climate change, criminal justice reforms, police reforms, and security, inviting Nigeria to benefit from technical assistance that can be provided.

She added that since President Buhari was the Champion for Anti-Corruption in Africa, the Commonwealth has developed anti-corruption benchmark tools, and would like to work with Nigeria in both public and private sectors.

Other areas the Commonwealth could assist, according to Baroness Scotland, include countering violent extremism, trade, and modalities to implement the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President (Media and Publicity)
July 29, 2021

TERRORISM: LET JUDICIAL PROCESS RUN ITS COURSE —- BUHARI, BRITISH PM BORIS JOHNSON
In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari and Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain Thursday, appraised the war against different forms of terrorism in Nigeria, and agreed that the judicial process be allowed to run its course.

Holding bilateral talks at the sidelines of the Global Education Summit in London, the two leaders said it was important that the judicial process runs without interference, no matter who was involved.

President Buhari briefed the Prime Minister on Nigeria’s power needs and efforts being made, as well as initiatives geared at achieving food security. He also reviewed the security situation in the different regions of the country, while PM Johnson pledged Britain’s preparedness to lend a helping hand. “We are available to help,” he said.

The two leaders equally discussed how to increase trade between the two countries, develop solar and wind power, leadership of the Commonwealth going forward and other matters of mutual interest.
Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
July 29, 2021

NIGERIANS ACUTELY AWARE OF PRIORITY OF EDUCATION, PRESIDENT BUHARI TELLS GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT
Elsewhere, President Buhari asserted that ‘’No Nigerian parent jokes with education, as they know that if their children or wards missed the opportunity of being educated, they have missed a lot.

Speaking during a panel session Thursday at the Global Education Summit in London, the President said the size and population of Nigeria are challenges for any administration, but despite this, the government and people realize that education is the starting point for success.

Said President Buhari: “You can’t succeed outside your educational qualification. Anybody who missed education has missed everything. Nigerians are acutely aware of the priority of education, and parents are making sacrifices to ensure that their children and wards get educated.”

On the panel with President Buhari were Presidents Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, Faure Gnassingbe of Togo, Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, and Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi. Each President spoke on the peculiarities of the education sector of his country, and how budgetary provisions would be increased to ameliorate the situation. They all raised their hands as a sign of commitment to that resolution.

President Buhari had earlier committed to raising the budget for education by 50% in the next two years, and the country would attain 100% increase by 2025.

Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to the President
(Media and Publicity)
July 29, 2021

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