Abuja – Former president Olusegun Obasanjo has reportedly come to the defence of President Muhammadu Buhari’s frequent foreign trips, saying they are necessary, as there is need for Nigeria to be in touch with important centres of the world.
According to Vanguard, Obasanjo said this during an interview over the weekend.
"He (Buhari) needs to be known and to know people. How do you make friends and influence people except you know them and this cannot happen if he sits in Aso Villa, especially in a situation that we found ourselves, a situation where we have bad image in the world, a situation where we need to play leadership role, especially in Africa, because during Jonathan’s administration, Nigeria was not on the table," Obasanjo was quoted as saying.
New Telegraph reports that Buhari has, in less than 10 months in office, visited over 20 countries.
Buhari was inaugurated on May 29, 2015.
During the trips, the president has managed to reach out to other world leaders on issues concerning Nigeria, such as the war against, terrorism, corruption and others. He has also used them to drive for investments, the report said.
His critics, however, maintain that his foreign trips are unnecessary and a waste of resources.
- News24 Nigeria