President Muhammadu Buhari is currently on vacation in the United Kingdom. He wrote to the Senate on Thursday, January 19, requesting for a 10-day leave.
While in the UK, the president will undergo routine medical checkups.
The presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said there was nothing wrong with the president going on vacation adding that if God needed rest after working for six days, how much more human being.
It is not unusual for a president to go on vacation and it is not wrong either but some Nigerians are angry that he is spending it in another country when they have been preaching ‘buy Nigeria to grow the naira.’
Some are of the opinion that as the leader of the country, he should lead by example and champion the “Buy Naija to Grow the Naira” campaign by spending his vacations in Nigeria and patronizing Nigerian hospitals instead of going abroad in the face of the nation's ailing economy.
There are enough attractions in Nigeria that are suitable for a short rest and a government which preaches diversification of the economy should patronize these places to encourage the tourism sector.
Below are some wonderful places in Nigeria where the president could have spent his vacation.
1. Explore the mountain-area and country-side views at Obudu Cattle Ranch
Located on the Obudu Plateau in Cross River state, it offers the leisure seeker numerous pleasant and beautiful mountain-area and country-side views. The ranch provides accommodation in the form of African round huts, chalets on stilts and self-contained suites. This is a cool place for the president to spend his vacation.
2. Get inspired at Erin Ijesha Waterfalls (Olumirin)
Tourists get that awe experience at this popular tourist attraction located in Ijesha, Osun state. This is is a nice place for the president to enjoy nature at its fullest.
3. Discover the mystery at Ikogosi Warm Springs and Resort
In the heart of Ikogosi, a small, quiet town with rich, local customs, in the western part of Ekiti state, lies one of the tourist attractions that this country can boast of. One of the wonders of this resort is the fact that, flowing side by side the warm spring, is another spring, a cold one. There are has various accommodation and recreational facilities suitable for vacation and it would have been a nice place for the president to take is short rest.
4. Enjoy nature’s gift to mankind at Yankari Game Reserve
Situated in Bauchi state, it is one of Nigeria’s most developed animal reserve and park. It has the largest collection of animals than any other park in the country. The natural spring water is a favourite among tourists within and outside the country. Yankari also has outdoor and indoor sports facilities and suitable accommodation.
5. Combine business and pleasure at the Tinapa Business and Leisure Resort
Located in Cross River state, Tinapa is an integrated business and leisure resort which boasts of world-class facilities. Visitors can engage in business activities as well as leisure and entertainment. It provides a lakeside hotel with about 242 rooms just beside the artificial lake. Tinapa offers a great combination of both business and leisure, a nice vacation spot for the president.
6. Appreciate nature at La Champagne Tropicana
This resort in ibeju-lekki, Lagos, offers a unique blend of natural environments which include a fresh water lake, accessible mangrove forest, a savannah, extensive sandy beach and the warm Atlantic sea. It provides world-class accommodation and offers a variety of activities like hiking, hunting, horse riding, canoeing, ocean water fishing, aqua aerobics, beach volley, beach soccer, spa treatments and many more which is sure to make the president enjoy his stay.
At the weekend, there were rumours that President Buhari was dead. However, the presidency has debunked that rumour, releasing statements and pictures to prove that the president was alive and well.