News broke this morning that the President Muhammadu Buhari has travelled as usual in the face of fuel scarcity, depletion in electricity generation to 2, 030 megawatts, tension in Katsina over army halt of Shiite procession, dwindling value of naira against the dollar and party bickering over senate presidency, if Senate president Bukola Saraki is ousted at Code Of Conduct trial.
4th Nuclear Security Summit: President Buhari travelled to the United State of America earlier today and he arrived in Washington DC to participate at the 4th Nuclear Security Summit scheduled for 31st March 2016.
Audit of countries travelled to: President Buhari has been criticized by some Nigerians for his many travels since being inaugurated in May 2015. Since, the president was sworn-in, an audit of president Buhari’s travel itinerary showed that he has travelled to Chad, Ghana, Niger Republic, Benin Republic, South Africa, Cameroon, Germany, Malta, France, India, Iran and twice to the United States of America.
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Argument for and against: Different arguments and defence have been provided as the rationale for the president’s incessant travelling. In some quarters, in support is the argument that such visits brings investments, mend diplomatic rows and relations or make the world a better place like the 4th Nuclear Security Summit holding today at Washington DC but on the contrary, the PDP through its twitter handle on 19th February, 2016 accused the president that he is comfortable travelling often because he collects his “estacode”, the travel allowance given to government officials, in dollars.
The jury is out with verdict passed based on argument for and against in the face of realities of this ailing nation. The verdict is open-ended based on perception of the result of the travelling as either “half full” or “half empty”.
Written by Dosunmu Moshood
Twitter handle: @msdoes