President Muhammadu Buhari has attracted criticism and notoriety for his constant travels. In his first year as president, he has embarked on twenty-nine international travels. Most of these travels have been criticised as pointless considering the state of the nation in the face of a failing economy, Boko Haram insurgency, agitation for Biafra, Fulani herdsmen attacks, and most importantly, the resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta. Responding to the criticisms, the presidency claims all Buhari’s travels are a necessary aspect of his change mantra. Most of the travels, however were for diplomatic reasons as he sought for support for the fight against Boko Haram.
Here is a list of the countries President Buhari visited in his first year as president.
1. Niger Republic, June 3, 2015.
2. Chad Republic, June 4 2015.
3. Germany, June 2015.
4. South Africa, June 2015
5. United States of America, July 2015
6. Cameroon, July 29, 2015.
7. Benin Republic, August 1 2015.
8. Ghana, September 2015.
9. France, September 2015.
10. USA, September 2015.
11. India, October 27 2015
12. Sudan, October 2015.
13. Iran, November 2015.
14. France, November 2015.
15. Malta, November 2015
16. South Africa, December 2015
17. Benin Republic, December 2015.
18. United Arab Emirates, January 2016
19. Kenya, January 2016.
20. Ethiopia, January 2016.
21. France, February 2016.
22. United Kingdom, February 2016
23. Egypt, February 2016.
24. Saudi Arabia, February 2016.
25. Qatar, February 2016
26. Equatorial Guinea, March 2016
27. USA, March 2016.
28. China, April 2016.
29. United Kingdom, May 2016.
More To Come:
Sahara Reporters claim that an exclusive source at the Presidency has revealed to them that part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s itenary is a one-day trip to Dakar in Senegal. According to the unconfirmed reports, Buhari will be travelling to Senegal for the 49th extra-ordinary summit of the Economic Community of West African States.
The source said the ECOWAS meeting would focus on issues of regional security and economic development.