In spite of the wanton killings going on unabated in the country with the security agencies looking helpless, President Muhammadu Buhari will embark on a five-day trip to Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
Garba Shehu, presidential spokesman, disclosed this in a statement issued on Wednesday.
Shehu said the trip is at the instance of Salman Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has accepted the invitation of King Salman Bin Abdulaziz, the ruler of Saudi Arabia and Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to perform the Umrah (lesser pilgrimage) in the Kingdom,” Shehu said.
“To this effect, the President, accompanied by close personal aides, will embark on the journey on Thursday, 16th May.
“He is expected back in the country on Tuesday, 21st May. Umrah is an optional but recommended pilgrimage to Makkah that can be made at any time of the year.”
World Street Journal reports that not a few Nigerians have condemned the president’s decision to travel out of the country at this time when the spate of killings and kidnapping have defied all logics in finding a lasting solution. A university don, Dr Kunle Aderonmu noted with the dismay the rate at which the president often travel out of the country at the most awkward time.
He said the president should have taken into consideration the general mood of the country with the onslaughts by the fulani herdsmen in many parts of the Northern Nigeria. He however, said the president should prioritize the insecurity problem in the country voer and above what he calls ‘mundane’ things.