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Buhari’s travels

The President Muhammadu Buhari globetrotting show hits London on Tuesday.

The official reason for the visit is a “World Anti-Corruption Summit” being hosted by UK Prime Minister Dodgy Dave Cameron.

Since coming to power in May last year, Buhari has been to 27 countries, but has only visited about seven states in Nigeria.

This would be his third trip to the UK since last May and the last time he was in the UK, it was a Syrian refugee summit. “What’s that got to do with Nigeria?”, I hear you ask.

This so-called anti-corruption summit, according to a Downing Street spokesman, is only being attended by the presidents of Afghanistan, Colombia, Nigeria and the Norwegian prime minister. Russia is only sending their deputy foreign minster, Oleg Syromolotov.

Buhari’s junketing comes in the wake of Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun saying last week on a Lagos TV channel that: “Traveling does not grow the economy and this must stop”. The president also claimed that he intends to cut government spending.

A foreign trip by the president is estimated to cost from $500,000 to $1m. He has clearly exempted himself from the alleged cost-cutting of his own government.

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