The visits of President Muhammadu Buhari to countries across the world are part of efforts to shore up the nation’s comatose economy.
It is also meant to drum up international support and cooperation in the fight against terrorism and insurgency.
Nigeria’s Minister for Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed stated this in Lagos, while speaking on the gains of the President’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The Minister believes President Buhari’s visits outside the country are part of a larger plan to salvage the nation’s economy, as well as reposition Nigeria in the comity of nations.
He said the nation’s economic woes cannot be solved by sitting at home, as such the President’s trips, especially the trip to Saudi Arabia and Qatar was meant to rally support to firm up the price of crude oil.
“In both countries, he has tried to rally support so that the price of oil can stabilize. In Qatar especially, he called on all OPEC and non OPEC members to ensure that they agree on either production cuts or a strategy that would firm up the price of oil and of course we are going to take the direct benefit of it in Nigeria,” the minister explained.
Beyond economic concerns, Lai Mohammed says the President’s visits are a shuttle diplomacy to garner support for the fight against insurgency and terrorism.
“When he went to Germany and the US, it was not just about the economy, it was also about security, it was about fighting terrorism, and it was also about fighting corruption,”he stated.
The Nigerian President’s visits abroad have elicited diverse reactions from his supporters and critics back home in Nigeria.
Critics of the Buhari Government have called for a stop to the President’s international outings.
They argue that the solution to the country’s many problems cannot be found outside the shores of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has since assuming office travelled to the US, UK, Germany, Iran and more recently Saudi Arabia and Qatar amongst other countries.