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Buhari’s Foreign Trips Not Frivolous, Says Minister

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THE Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari’s foreign trips since assuming office are critical to the implementation of his administration’s key policies of enhancing security, jump-starting the economy, creating jobs and fighting corruption.

Mohammed also said all the trips have been anything, but frivolous, and that they have started yielding fruits, in terms of turning the tide in the fight against the insurgents, who have been most active in the northeast, attracting investments in the range of billions of dollars and securing global support for the administration’s anti-corruption fight.

In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, the minister said: “Nigerians, whether in the ruling or opposition parties, have a right to ask questions about the activities of their President, but it is absolutely important that they do so from an informed, rather than partisan or sensational standpoint.”

He explained that most of Buhari’s trips to Nigeria’s neighbouring countries of Benin, Cameroon, Chad and Niger, as well as to Germany, the United States (US), France and the United Nations (UN) were devoted to rallying regional and global support for the war against terrorism.


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