Saturday, 20 February 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari’s travels are geared towards redeeming the image of the country

Abiodun Tobun
Abiodun Tobun, a legislator representing Epe Constituency 1 of Lagos state

says the image of Nigeria has been destroyed
– The Lagos maker says the president’s travels are important
– He insist there are officials in the country who can handle things in the president’s absence

He said:” The Nigerian image had been destroyed to a large extent and the international world wants to see the seriousness in the president to move this country forward, so they need to see him physically. He cannot send the Vice President to represent him in such instances. “Talking about security, is it the chief of army staff, the chief of defence staff or the minister of defence that would represent him.

They can take care of the home front; he has ministers of finance, economic planning, health, power and all that to take care of the home front, while he goes outside the country to seek for their co-operation, assistance and waivers on some of the loans the country took in the past. Some of these people are complaining because the heads of those countries are telling Buhari about the money some Nigerians took to those countries and how the monies could be recovered. It is becoming difficult for people to move money outside the country or move money around the country anyhow.

“People, who take money outside the country feel Buhari should stay back at home permanently and the question is at what cost does he move round. Is he going round with retinue of delegation? No. When former president Jonathan was there, he used to travel with about 200 people. But President Buhari travels with few people; they sleep in normal hotels and come back home. As he went on leave, he handed over to his vice, it is not out of place for him to travel out, after all the president of Canada was in Nigeria to see the Governor of Lagos State. They are to assist us and partner with us; we need them more than they need us.”

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