Frequent foreign trips of president Muhammadu Buhari have constantly attracted comments from Nigerians.
Maybe we should close our borders on Buhari not just for rice alone – bigboy view 2019 (after the closure of border by Buhari’s administration).
Must he honour every conference?… Is Buhari a travel blogger? (@timiakegbejo).
Someone should just hide Baba’s passport, Adamu Hayatou says.
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the ruling All Progressive Congress; APC has rebuked critics of PMB’s jaunts, explaining that the former president Obasanjo traveled abroad more frequently than Buhari while in office.
Bashir Ahmad, Personal Assistant to PMB on New Media(@Bashir Ahmad) says that with several commitment extracted from many nations, presidential trips are beneficial.
However, there is an expectation this time created in the minds of Nigerians of greater judgement, since the PMB administration pledged to cut the cost of governance, it has become judgemental then. When for instance in four foreign trips over 3 months at the end of 2019, PMB travelled with a retinue of officials that included an astonishing 12 state Governors, as well as several ministers and cabinet members each trip, security, protocol, media and personal aides were not left out. Needless to say, the cost of each trip is indeed staggering.
The arrangement of PMB’s frequent foreign trips have raised eyebrows such that one of the national dailies (The Punch) in one editorial stated: “In moments of national crisis, he (Mr Buhari) abandons his duty post in preference for foreign trips”.
Currently, the world is faced with Coronavirus, the global media has announced the obvious, explaining that African countries are ill-prepared to handle such a deadly pandemic. However, scientists have discovered to our divine benefit that the heat and humidity of tropical Africa is deadly to Covid-19.
And “voila”, PMB hasn’t jetted out of the country in the last couple of weeks, neither will he jet out in a hurry as was the case formerly. Our President will stay around, and address domestic issues affecting the country because the fear of Coronavirus is the beginning of wisdom.