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Foreign Trips: A Nomadic President Isn't What The Country Needs Now

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Almost an entire year of the newly elected administration that promised change and I believe I speak for the rest of the nation when I say we are fed up. You can’t say we haven’t been patient enough but I suppose in the administration’s defence, they have brought about a level of change already, albeit not in the direction we hoped.

An administration that showed so much promise right from its inception but has done little to bring to life all that was promised to us if we believed in change – An administration that has been reduced to nothing more than a conglomerate of different people with different ideas overseen by a “nomadic herdsman”.  I want to believe that the current unliveable state the country is in right now is a side effect of the administration clamping down on fraudulent transactions done under the noses of previous administrations but am I just being hopeful? Does President Muhammadu Buhari even know what he signed up for?

I remember December 2014, I was a staunch believer in GEJ and I hoped he would win the elections but APC launched a campaign so good, I quickly became a believer in the change revolution and picked sides with Muhammadu Buhari and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.

 

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I thought to approach this write up from a different angle but 3 a.m. petrol queues and power supply so bad you cannot put in words made me loosen up a little. Now what can we really say our beloved president has done over the last 308 days? I’ll tell you what... our president had been on 12 trips before the New Year and another 12 just after, and it’s only just April, he has proven to be quite the nomad.

 

Our President’s Travel Journal

June 2015

Niger: Talks with President Mahamadou Issoufou on security and how to curb the activities of the terrorist group, Boko Haram in the region.

Chad: Talks with his Chadian counterpart, Idris Deby, as Nigeria and neighbouring countries find lasting solutions to the lingering Boko Haram insurgency.

Germany: G-7 meeting, accompanied by a 20-person delegation including former Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Abdulrahman Dambazau (ret.), his personal photographer, Bayo Omoboriowo, and his cook named ‘Anne’.

South Africa: African Union (AU) summit in which he was the chairperson of the Peace & Security Council meeting.

United States: Special invitation from The White House enjoining the President to discuss Boko Haram and how to tackle insurgency.

 

August 2015

Benin Republic: President Buhari paid a one-day visit to Benin Republic in continuation of the effort to curb Boko Haram insurgency. He was conferred with a traditional title ‘Manahouwhe’ Gbede’, which means “I will never forget you. He was also conferred with the national honour of Grand Croix du Benin (Grand Cross of Benin), which is the highest award in that country.

 

September 2015

Ghana: Press conference with President Mahama.

France: Three-day official visit following an invitation from his French counterpart Francois Hollande. They both had a closed door meeting where they decided on military cooperation.

 

October 2015

India: 3rd Summit of the India-Africa Forum.

 

November 2015

Iran: Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF) summit.

 

December 2015

South Africa: China-Africa corporation forum.

United Kingdom: Undisclosed medical reasons, London.

 

2016

Ethiopia, Kenya, UAE, France, Britain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China, Equatorial Guinea and the U.S.

Boy does our president travel, which brings me to ask, as a president, are there really avoidable trips? From these visits, one can assume that the country should be making progress however little but it seems to get more difficult by the day in Nigeria.



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