President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent oversea trips have been described by some Nigerians espcially the opposition Peoples Democratic Party as mere jamborees. However, the senior special assistant to Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu came up to clear the air saying that the foreign trips were necessitated by the president’s desire to block and recover funds looted out of Nigeria but Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State disagreed. On Tuesday, Fayose advised President Muhammadu Buhari to stay at home and govern the country instead of flying from one country to another. INFORMATION NIGERIA has compiled the points put forward by Fayose to support his argument…
– Fayose said conservatively, about $1 million goes into every of the foreign trips and the way the President is going, foreign trips alone might gulp 20 percent of the Federal Government budget and that will be disastrous for the dwindling economy of the country.
– The Governor added that it was even more worrisome that while the economy is already in shamble and insecurity pervades the land with Boko Haram burning Nigerians, including children alive in the North East, the President is busy globetrotting.
– Fayose pointed out that foreign countries won’t solve Nigeria’s problems, therefore it was better for Buhari to remain in Nigeria and deal with issues plaguing us.
– He said that from available records, in June 2015 alone, the President traveled to Niger Republic, Chad, Germany and South Africa. Also in 2015, the President travelled to United States of America in July, Benin Republic in August, Ghana and France in September, India in October, Iran, France and United States of America in November and in December, he traveled to South Africa, Benin Republic, and in 2016 , President Buhari has travelled to the United Arab Emirate, Kenya, Ethiopia and he is leaving for France and United Kingdom today to spend four days abroad. He said most of these trips cost about $500,000.
– He noted that two months out of his eight months as President of Nigeria, have been spent outside the country, stressing that a country like Nigeria can not progress with its president spending the better part of his time abroad.
Do you agree with fayose???