It would appear the travel fever that gripped Mr President when he first took office is back again, this time with a vengeance. The President’s travel itinerary in the last eight weeks has not escaped the eagle eyes of Headline News Reporters. Here it is,
1) 8th of November , summit in climate change, Morocco
2) 23rd of November, Summit on Africa Arab relationship Equatorial Guinea
3) 5th of December, Peace Summit, Dakar
The President is jetting out of Nigeria every two weeks and Nigerians have wondered at the strategic importance of Mr Presidents foreign trips. Apart from the fact that many Nigerians feel it is a ploy by Mr President to raise cash for himself through travel allowance a vast majority of Nigerians are of the opinion that Mr President is paying lip service to the recession because of his unjustified pilfering of the nation’s stranded economy through the back door. “People want food on the table not how much the sun will shine or how much the rain will fall”, a disgruntled blogger commented in response to his recent trip to Morrocco.
A press statement by the special adviser to the president on media and publicity Femi Adesina says the president’s trip will last two days, from Monday, December 5 to Tuesday, December 6.
“The Forum, convened by President Macky Sall of Senegal with support from the African Union to discuss security-related challenges on the continent, will be attended by African leaders and representatives of regional and international organisations.
“President Buhari is scheduled to participate in the Panel of Heads of State on Tuesday, December 6.
“The President, who has identified improved security in Nigeria as a priority for development, shares the vision of the Forum in finding lasting solutions to security challenges on the continent, notably terrorism and violent extremism, piracy, drugs, child and human trafficking.
“In Dakar, the Nigerian leader will use the occasion of his participation in the Forum to continue his active engagement with political authorities on the need for enhanced security cooperation in the region.
Forum is, “Africa and its Security Challenges: Perspectives for Effective Solutions’’.”
President Buhari’s last trip outside Nigeria was in late November when he went on a two-day trip to Equatorial Guinea to attend the 4th Africa-Arab Summit.