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Presidency denies Buhari’s UK, Saudi travel plans

The Presidency  has denied the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is  planning  to travel to the United Kingdom to spend 20 days.

It also said Buhari had no plans to travel to Saudi Arabia and Austria, describing the information on the UK, Saudi Arabia and Austria trip as “fake.”

Some social media portals reported during the weekend that the President  had planned a vacation trip to the UK.

But Buhari’s media aide, Mr Femi Adesina,  said on Monday, “Purveyors of fake and concocted information are currently on overdrive, and Nigerians are urged to be careful what they consume as news, and also share with others, particularly from  social media.

“An unfounded information has been making the rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to travel to the UK for 20 days, and from there proceed to Saudi Arabia, and then Austria. Fake. It is nothing but falsehood from mischievous minds.”

The Presidency  said  “members of the first family, ministers, top government officials, the military, and other key institutions, are equally  the object of this orchestrated falsehood, coming from enemies of national cohesion.”

It added, “We urge Nigerians to be discriminatory about what they accept as credible information, and restrain themselves from sharing what they have not authenticated as genuine.

“That is how we can all collectively beat the malevolent minds at their pernicious games.”

Buhari’s frequent foreign trips have always generated controversies since he assumed office in 2015.

This year, he made his first foreign trip on January 17 when he attended  the inaugural UK-Africa Investment Summit in London.

On February 7, he  travelled to Adis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the 33rd African Union Summit.

As of November, 2019, available statistics indicated that the President had visited over 40 countries, spending about 410 days out of the country since 2015.