London: The Nigeria president, Muhammadu Buhari has said he is re-contesting for the 2019 election because majority of the population of the country appreciates what is happening in the country.
Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby with the Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari
The president makes the statement while speaking with Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. He said;
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 also talked about the recent herdmen's killing in the country, linking the recent herdsmen killings to what happened after former Libyan leader, Muammar Ghadaffi‘s was captured, and what the men that captured him did with the weapon after the revolution, he said;
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,” the president said.
These gunmen were trained and armed by Muammar Ghadaffi 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.