Nigeria’s President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, currently on a private visit to England, on Friday turned down the use of a Rolls Royce made available for him by the Nigerian High Commission in London.
Buhari shocked officials of the High Commission when, on landing at the Heathrow Airport, he declined to make use of the Rolls Royce and other facilities offered him.
The Nation gathered that after exchanging pleasantries with the embassy officials led by the High Commissioner, Dr Dalhatu Tafida, the president-elect politely told them that his visit was strictly private and he had made arrangement for all his needs while in the UK.
He reportedly thanked them for the warm reception and quickly hopped into a less flamboyant car he had arranged for and drove out of the airport.
A source said: “It appeared he was uncomfortable with the number of exotic cars in the convoy.
“Hard as the stunned diplomats present tried to convince him, he refused to bulge, insisting that since he did not inform the Commission of his visit because it was not an official trip, hence he was not entitled to such grandeur.”
Buhari, yesterday, held talks with British Prime Minister David Cameron at his 10, Downing Street official residence.
Top of their discussion was the continued threat to Nigeria’s security by the terror group, Boko Haram.
It added: “the Prime Minister stressed the UK’s wish to work for a stable, prosperous and secure Nigeria.
“The leaders discussed security in the region and the fight against terrorism, particularly the threat posed by Boko Haram.
“They discussed the need for a regional approach and agreed to continue working together to build the capacity of the Nigerian Army, with the UK continuing to provide military training and intelligence support.
“On tackling corruption, they agreed this was a priority to ensure Nigeria’s prosperity and success.”
Mr. Cameron was said to have agreed to look at what technical assistance and support the UK could provide to the Nigerian government as it looks to undertake its reforms.
“They also discussed the need to tackle organised crime and the links between the UK and Nigeria.
“Finally, they talked about the challenges posed by migration from Africa to Europe and the president-elect said he would do all he could to secure Nigeria’s borders,” the statement said.