Presidency defends Buhari's trips abroad, says they are not for sightseeing

Presidency defends Buhari's trips abroad, says they are not for sightseeing

- President Muhammadu Buhari's visits abroad are not for sightseeing, Garba Shehu says

- According to the presidency, solving Nigeria's economic issues requires such trips

- The president has since May 30 embarked on eight different trips

Following criticisms from different quarters, the presidency has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips are not for ‘sightseeing’, but justified by outcomes.

This was disclosed by Garba Shehu, senior special assistant on media and publicity to the president, during his appearance on Channels Television on Sunday, November 3.

According to him, uplifting Nigeria's economy needs such trips so as to encourage investors to come to the country.

Going further, he said Nigerians should be proud of having Buhari in office because he is widely respected around the globe.

The Nigerian president has since May 30, embarked on eight different trips which include one each to Japan, Burkina Faso, New York, South Africa, Russia, and the United Kingdom and two to Saudi Arabia.

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According to Shehu, a private one to the United Kingdom, is partly for vacation and also for work.

He added that Buhari’s trip is only for 17 days, from which he will be doing government work by signing an important bill for the country from where he is.

Meanwhile, recall that had reported that Buhari on Saturday, November 2, departed Makkah via Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah for the United Kingdom after he successfully performed the Lesser Hajj.

The president left Makkah for Jeddah at about 1.30pm (local time) while his presidential aircraft took-off for London at exactly 3.05pm.

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