Buhari Is Working For Nigeria – Aide
The presidency has justified the frequent foreign trips by President Muhammadu Buhari saying Nigeria needs such trips.
Explaining the reasons behind the trips, Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the president said the journeys were not embarked on for frivolities, but to repair the damaged image of the country and sell economic opportunities to willing investors.
Shehu made the submission when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
In his justification, he noted that Nigerians should be happy they have a leader who other presidents and international business investors are willing to do business with.
Naija News reports since he was sworn in for a second term in office as Nigeria’s President, Mr. Buhari has embarked on eight different trips which include; Saudi Arabia, Japan, Burkina Faso, New York, South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabi, and the United Kingdom.
“The President’s trips are not sightseeing trips, they are justified by outcomes. In each of the trips, we try to let Nigerians know what the things the president has achieved; and so, we are making progress, the economy needs the trips because much of it actually comes on account of who the president is.
“They (investors) are looking at a serious man and are ready to do business with him; I think Nigerians should comfort themselves in the fact that they have a President who is respected around the globe and the name of whom can fetch a lot of good things for Nigerians.”
Commenting on the President’s latest trip to the United Kingdom, Mallam Shehu disclosed the trip is partly for vacation and also for work.
“He is on a private trip outside the country, partly on vacation, partly at work. The constitution of Nigeria is very clear that 21 days is the period of absence which cannot be justified,” he clarified.
Apart from taking a vacation, he said the president will also be signing an important bill for the country from where he is.
Furthermore, the presidential aide maintained President Buhari’s trip is only for 17 days, which is still very much within the 21-days limit he is allowed to travel out of the country without handing over to anybody.
President Buhari is expected back in the country by November 17.