May 29, when Muhammadu Buhari was sworn into office as the president of
Nigeria, he has undertaken different journeys to about a dozen
countries around the world.
Many Nigerians have lashed out at his frequent traveling schedule,
stating that there were pressing issues to be dealt with within the
country like the increased spate of terrorist bombings in the North, the
failing economy and the seemingly unending fuel scarcity crisis.
Some have however, justified the visits as part of the burden of the job of the president of a growing nation like Nigeria.
Here are the 12 places Buhari has visited since he became president 183 days ago.
visited Niger Republic on June 3, to discuss with President Mahamadou
Issoufou on security issues and tackling the menacing Boko Haram
terrorist sect that has continually been a thorn in both country’s
his meeting in Niger Republic, on June 4, President Buhari proceeded to
visit Chad, also a neighboring country to further discuss the security
challenges posed by terrorism to nations in the region.
after returning from Niger and Chad, the president took off to Germany
for the G-7 summit. He traveled in company of Minister of Power, Works
and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola and the governor of Borno state,
4. South Africa
on his Buhari’s travel schedule was the trip to South Africa on June 15
to attend the 25th AU Summit where he chaired the Peace and Security
Committee of the African Union
Muhammadu Buhari visited Cameroon on Wednesday, July 29 where he had a
closed-door meeting with Paul Biya, the president of the country at the
Cameroonian State House called ‘Unity Palace’, where they discussed
bilateral relations, Boko Haram, among other matters.
6. Benin Republic
August 1, the president visited Benin Republic to continue talks on the
menace of Boko Haram terrorist sect. During the visit, he was conferred
with the traditional title ‘Manahouwhe’ Gbede’, which means “I will never forget you”.
September 7, Buhari arrived in Ghana where he was received by President
John Mahama. During a press conference he held in Ghana, Buhari
revealed he would name his cabinet members before the end of the month.
September 14, following an invitation from French President, Francois
Hollande, Buhari embarked on a 3-day official visit to France where he
discussed military cooperation between Nigeria and France.
October 27, Buhari visited New Delhi, India to participate in the 3rd
Summit of the India-Africa Foru. He was joined by other African leaders
at the forum.
president on Sunday, November 22, was received by Iranian deputy
president, Shariat Madri at the Mehrabad International Airport. He
visited Tehran, Iran to be a part of the Gas Exporting Countries (GECF)
Friday, November 27, Buhari left the shores of the country to Malta to
participate in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. The
Commonwealth is made up of Britain, Nigeria and 51 other countries that
work together to pursue common goals and promote development, democracy,
peace, security and good governance.