President Muhammadu Buhari has said he declared his intention to run for another term before he left for the UK because the issue had dominated political discourse in the country.
Buhari disclosed this on Wednesday when he received the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby in London.
According to him, there were many issues to focus on and politics should not be a distraction.
“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,” he said.
“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.”
While recounting some successes of the administration to his guest, Buhari noted that the agriculture sector has done quite well.
“We have cut the importation of rice by about 90 percent, saving billions of dollars in the process. People who rushed into petrol money have now gone back to agriculture,” he said.
“Even professionals have gone back to the land. Nigeria should be able to feed itself comfortably soon. I am so pleased.”
Also, on the clashes between herdsmen and farmers in different parts of Nigeria, Buhari 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.
“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.”