- Business investors have shown willingness to do business with Buhari.
- Since May 30, President Buhari had embarked on eight different trips.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips are not for ‘sightseeing’, but justified by outcomes.
Shehu stated this when he featured as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics. The Presidential Aide explained that Nigeria’s economy needs the trips owing to President Buhari’s personality globally and the desire of other presidents and key business investors to show a willingness to do business with him.
Since May 30, President Buhari had embarked on eight different trips which include; Saudi Arabia, Japan, Burkina Faso, New York, South Africa, Russia, Saudi Arabi, and the United Kingdom.
Vacation and work
According to Shehu a private trip to the United Kingdom is partly for vacation and also for work.
“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.
“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,” Shehu explained.
The Presidential Aide further revealed that his principal’s trip is only for 17 days. According to him, the president also will be doing government work by signing an important bill for the country from where he is.