President Muhammadu Buhari will on Monday leave Nigeria on an official trip to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to attend Economic Forum of the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh.
He would on the sideline of the event hold bilateral talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and King Abdullah ll of Jordan.
A statement by the Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) Femi Adesina, gave the details of the president’s itinerary.
Adesina said “On Wednesday, October 30 2019, 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, November 2, 2019, proceed to the United Kingdom on a private visit. He is expected to return to Nigeria on November 17, 2019.”
Buhari trips in view
According to computation by Punch Newspapers, President Buhari in his first three years in office spent over over one-third outside Nigeria, . A large part of that was for medical treatment of an undisclosed ailment in the UK.
In the past three months, the president has travelled at least four times, spending over 15 days.
Although the travels were deemed a priority by the presidency, many Nigerians have argued that the president could have sent few representatives to some of the events, thus cutting cost and having more time to attend to important national issues at home.
Some of his recent foreign trips have been to Japan, Russia, South Africa and the U.S.
From August 26- 31, President Buhari was in Japan for six days attending the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7).
On September 16, he departed Abuja for New York, United States to participate in the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA74). President Buhari was scheduled as Number Five Speaker on the first day of the debate on climate change. He spent three days in New York.
Early October, the president travelled to South Africa for a state visit and the 9th meeting of the Bi-National Commission between both countries. That visit came weeks after the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and other Africans in South Africa. Mr Buhari, who spent three days in the country, had earlier sent an emissary to Cyril Ramophosa, South Africa’s President to register the grievances of Nigerians.
Between October 24 and 26, Mr Buhari attended a three-day Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia.
According to the presidential spokesperson, the event held from a focus on exploring and expanding opportunities in security, trade and investment, science and technology, and gas production.