I'm All Out For Credible 2019 Elections, Buhari Tells Theresa May

Aug 30, 2018, 02:00
I'm All Out For Credible 2019 Elections, Buhari Tells Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that failing to secure a deal with the European Union before Britain leaves the bloc next year "wouldn't be the end of the world", Sky News reported on Tuesday (Aug 28).

On the first day of a three-day visit to the continent, the prime minister insisted trade deals with countries like South Africa would be a prize for "global Britain" after it leaves the European Union next year.

Her tour of South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya - May's first to Africa since becoming premier in 2016, is seen as an effort to reinforce Britain's global ambitions after Brexit.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration is committed to conducting a free and fair election in 2019.

Stressing that Nigerians were clamouring for a new president on its platform, the party asked the British PM to "take the Buhari Presidency to task" on some recent happenings in the country, as a parliamentarian. The extremists, known both for mass abductions and for using young women as suicide bombers, continues to carry out attacks on military bases and in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state and the insurgency's birthplace.

Amirthanayagam also said that it will not take side in Nigeria's 2019 general election, saying it wants the victor to be elected in a free and fair contest.

"In a bilateral meeting with the visiting Prime Minister, President Buhari welcomed UK's support at strengthening democratic institutions in the country".

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has said he is "confident that a deal is within our sights" while appearing before peers to discuss progress of the Government's negotiations to leave the EU.

She is in a company of a 30-man business delegation as part of her efforts to "deepen and strengthen" partnerships around the world as the United Kingdom prepares to leave the European Union (EU) next year.

May's support for Ramaphosa's plans for land redistribution is dramatically different from U.S. President Donald Trump, who last week was critical of the policies in a tweet.

She is also due to visit Nigeria and Kenya during the trip.

Brussels is willing to offer Britain an unprecedented trade deal, the likes of which it has not agreed with any other country, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said yesterday.

"We are working for a good deal, we have put forward our proposal for a good deal", she said.

Stressing the historic ties between France and the UK, Mr Lidington said the countries must also pull together "because the foundations of the world order that we forged in the aftermath of war are creaking".

"As prime minister of a trading nation whose success depends on global markets, I want to see strong African economies that British companies can do business with", she said.