President Muhammadu Buhari will take trips to Saudi Arabia and Quatar today to discuss issues bordering on oil price.
Mr Buhari who just returned from Egypt on Saturday on Business for Africa, will be away for about a week on his new trip.
According to President’s media adviser, Femi Adesina, Mr. Buhari will first visit Riyadyh for talks with King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and senior officials of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The President will be accompanied by a high-powered Federal Government delegation, including the Minister of State (Petroleum) and Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.
Mr. Adesina further clarify that “The President is also scheduled to meet with leading Saudi and Qatari businessmen in Riyadh and Doha, and invite them to support his administration’s efforts to revamp the Nigerian economy by taking advantage of the great investment opportunities currently available in Nigeria’s mining, agriculture, power supply, infrastructure, transportation, communications and other sectors.
“President Buhari’s other engagements in Saudi Arabia include meetings with heads of international financial organisations and multilateral associations.
“Before going on to Doha, the President will also visit Medina and Mecca to pray for greater peace, prosperity and progress in Nigeria.”
Buhari has been roundly criticised for embarking on foreign trips too often.
He has so far this year visited Benin Republic, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, Ethiopia, France, London and Egypt.
It will be recalled that the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, had asked Buhari to stay at home and govern the country, instead of junketing from one country to the other.
Fayose had said that the President’s incessant foreign trips were already bleeding the economy, with about $1m spent per trip.
But Buhari said he did not know how Fayose arrived at the figure he gave.