👤 By Christian Smith
The British Prime Minister has arrived in Nigeria, where she will hold a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Theresa May, who arrived into Abuja for the first time this morning, would discuss security, trade and people trafficking with the 75-year-old Nigerian President.
Mrs May, a former Home Secretary will then spend time in Lagos meeting victims of modern slavery – a cause she has worked passionately to tackle.
The Conservative PM who is is currently on a three-day visit to Africa has been to South Africa and would be departing to Kenya after her Nigerian trip.
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At her first stop – Cape Town, Mrs May said Africa’s most populated nation had the highest number of poor people.
“Much of Nigeria is thriving, with many individuals enjoying the fruits of a resurgent economy, yet 87 million Nigerians live on less than $1 and 90 cents a day, making it home to more very poor people than any other nation in the world.”
Nigeria’s opposition party has called on Mrs May not to endorse President Buhari who is seeking a second term in 2019.
A statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, “urges the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Theresa May, to use her state visit to Nigeria to uncover the dismal state of our nation by resisting a choreographed plan by the Buhari Presidency to hoodwink her for an endorsement stunt.
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“The party also calls on the British leader not to allow the Buhari Presidency to confine her to the palours of the Presidential Villa, but to insist on visiting other parts of the nation to enable her directly appreciate the level of lies and false performance indices the Federal Government has been dishing out to the world.”