President Muhammadu Buhari has disqualified Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), from being granted bail.
Buhari noted this in a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, demanding that the IPOB leader should “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 during a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.
“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?”
The president also ruled out any attempt to seek a third term in office, stressing that the person who attempted it did not end well.
“Another term for me? No!” he maintained. “The first person who tried it didn’t end very well.”
Meanwhile, the president also discussed security issues with Johnson, stating that a fresh wave of crimes in Nigeria is connected to the crisis in Libya
Buhari said the zeal of the British Prime Minister to help Nigeria in tackling insecurity is a good step but reiterated that since the fall of Muammar Gadaffi after 42 years in power, armed guards have been unleashed on countries in the Sahel.
The Nigerian President noted that these people “are causing havoc everywhere, as the only thing they know how to do is shoot guns”.
He, however, stated that the country is progressing in the fight against Boko Haram and other groups.
He added that the Nigerian government is taking steps to educate people that only an unserious person could kill innocent people “and say Allah Akbar (God is Great). God is justice. You can’t take innocent souls and ascribe them to God. And the education process is working, the people now understand Boko Haram as anti-God, and not about religion”.