Amid concerns of his ceaseless foreign trips, President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after spending four days in Portugal on a state visit.
The president had departed Nigeria for Portugal on Tuesday and returned to Abuja on Saturday.
He had visited Portugal based on the invitation of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa of Portugal.
Meanwhile, Nigerians are not happy that inspite of the country’s financial challenges and students being at home for months due to ASUU strike, Buhari travels abroad often at the flimsiest of reasons.
In the first half of the year, the president had undertaken 10 foreign trips, a record for a Nigerian president.
The Portugal visit is the latest of the trips.
Before that, he had attended the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), held from June 20 to 26, 2022 in Kigali, Rwanda.
On June 4, the president attended an Extraordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Authority of Heads of State and Government on the political situation in Mali and other parts of the sub-region in Accra, Ghana.
On June 1, he went on a two-day state visit to Madrid, the capital city of Spain, at the invitation of his Spanish counterpart, Pedro Sanchez.
In May, President Buhari visited the United Arabs Emirate to condole the country over the loss of its immediate past leader, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nayan; Equatorial Guinea, where he attended the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union; and the Ivory Coast, where he attended the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.
Buhari also visited Brussels, Belgium in February for the 6th European Union-African Union Summit; Nairobi, Kenya in March, for the 50th anniversary of the United Nations Environmental Programme; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in February for the 35th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the Africa Union Heads of State and Government, from where he proceeded to London, the United Kingdom in March for a two-week medical trip.
All these trips were embarked against the backdrop of security and economic challenges at home which urgently demands the president’s attention.