Adams Oshiomhole, former Edo State governor and the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has stated that former President, Olusegun Obasanjo embarked on foreign trips more than President Muhammadu Buhari.
Oshiomhole made the remark while faulting criticisms that have greeted Buhari’s frequent foreign trips lately.
Oshiomhole while addressing journalists on Wednesday in Abuja, he recalled that the late Gani Fawehinmi once calculated the number of days Obasanjo spent in foreign lands during his eight-year tenure as the president.
Oshiomohle said: “Saying that President involves in frequent trips is not correct. I remember very well, there is no President in recent Nigeria’s history, since 1999 till now, that travelled out of Nigeria as much as former President, Olusegun Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo did.
“If you check through your newspapers and playback some of your electronic coverages, you will find where Gani Fawehinmi of blessed memory took time to calculate the number of days President Obasanjo was out of Nigeria, visiting foreign countries.”
Buhari, who recently returned from a three-day trip to Russia departed Nigeria for Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where he will attend the third edition of the Future Investment Initiative, FII.
Meanwhile, Newsflash247 had earlier reported that Muhammadu Buhari will embark on a private visit to London after attending the third edition of the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
According to the president Buhari Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, confirmed this development in a statement on Monday, saying that the President will be in London for a private visit and will return to Nigeria on November 17 after he must have spent 2 weeks in the UK.
Adesina did not give further details on the President’s trip to London, but it may not be unconnected with his routine medical checkup.
Adesina further disclosed that, on the sideline of the economic forum, President Buhari, who will be departing Abuja today, would hold bilateral talks with His Majesty, King Salman and His Majesty, King Abdullah ll of Jordan.
“On Wednesday, Oct. 30, the President will participate in the High-Level Event titled “What is Next for Africa: How will Investment and Trade Transform the Continent into the Next Great Economic Success Story?” with Presidents of Kenya, Congo-Brazzaville and Burkina Faso.
“At the end of the summit, President Buhari will on Saturday Nov. 2, proceed to the United Kingdom on a private visit,’’ he added.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday returned to Abuja after actively participating in the three-day Russia – Africa Summit held in Sochi, Russia, with about 40 Heads of State and Governments in attendance.
While in Sochi, President Buhari, on October 23 met with Russian President, Vladimir Putin, where the duo agreed to put Nigeria-Russia relations on the front burner, and pursue the completion of all abandoned projects initiated by both countries.