The recent visits of President Muhammadu Buhari to countries across the world are parts of efforts to shore up the nation’s comatose economy and drum up international support and cooperation in Nigeria’s fight against terrorism and insurgency.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister for Information and Culture, made this remarks while speaking with newsmen in Lagos on the gains of the President’s visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
He expressed the believe that Buhari’s visitation was part of a larger plan to salvage the nation’s economy as well as reposition the country 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 stabilise. 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”.
Beyond economic concerns, the minister said the President’s visit was 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,” Mohammed added.
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.
By Say Ramoni, Lagos
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