President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to London on a private visit at the end of his trip to Saudi Arabia on Saturday.
Concise News reports that the Nigerian leader is leaving the country for the third edition of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh after returning from Sochi where he attended the Russia-Africa Economic Summit.
According to a statement by Buhari’s media aide Femi Adesina, the president will spend two weeks in London on a private visit.
Adesina said: ”President Muhammadu Buhari leaves the country today on an official trip to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to attend Economic Forum of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh.
”On the sideline of the event, President Buhari will hold bilateral talks with His Majesty King Salman and His Majesty King Abdullah ll of Jordan.
”On Wednesday, 30th October, 2019, the President will participate in the High Level Event titled “What is Next for Africa: How will Investment and Trade Transform the Continent into the Next Great Economic Success Story?” with Presidents of Kenya, Congo-Brazzaville and Burkina Faso.
”At the end of the summit, President Buhari will on Saturday 2nd November, 2019, proceed to the United Kingdom on a private visit. He is expected to return to Nigeria on 17th November, 2019.”
Concise News recalls that in April, Buhari travelled to the United Kingdom on a ‘private visit’ sparking rumours that he went for another medical treatment.
Reacting to the rumours, the presidency said the president has the right to use his time the way he wants and people were free to interpret Buhari’s trip however they want.
“Those who want to interpret everything, those who want to believe all things should just believe that it is a private trip,” Adesina told Channels TV.
“When a man goes on a private trip, he has the right to use his time the way he deems because he has the right to private time.
“So those who want to believe it’s a medical trip, they have the right to believe, if it pleases them and makes them happier.”
He added that “President Buhari has since the last weekend in December when he launched the presidential campaign, all through till February he was on campaign stuff around the country.
“Elections came and a lot of people expected that immediately after the elections, he will travel out to rest or attend to his health, but we see two months after the elections, the President was working vigorously.”