As Buhari Begins Annual Leave April 9, PDP Demands Full Disclosure Of Trip

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari will leave Nigeria for London on Monday, April 9, to commence his annual leave.

Mr Buhari would leave Nigeria early, to enable him rest before participating in the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, also known as CHOGM 2018.

This was disclosed by Sun Newspaper who quoted presidential sources.

The meeting will be held at Buckingham Palace, St James’s Palace, and Windsor Castle, in the United Kingdom.

The meeting is scheduled for April 16-20.

Nigeria is one of countries that makes up the Commonwealth, a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.

Last year, the president spent 154 days in London, UK, where he underwent medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment.

Buhari left the country on May 7, 2017, after receiving the last batch of Chibok girls released by Boko Haram.

He returned to the country on August 19, 2017.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tasked the Presidency to make public, all issues relating to the planned private visit of President Muhammadu Buhari’s to London, the United Kingdom.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, the PDP accused the presidency of always shrouding issues around president Buhari in secrecy.

Consequently, the opposition party demanded full disclosure of the purpose of Buhari’s trip, his direct destination, the duration of the trip, as well as the cost and source of the funding.

The opposition party added that it has nothing against the president embarking on any trip, but that the citizens deserve to know the purpose of the visit and how much it would cost the country.

According to the PDP, president Buhari is not a private citizen and, as such, cannot embark on private trips, wrapped in secrecy, especially as the nation is responsible for his upkeep.

“We know that Mr. President is billed to attend the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) scheduled to take place between April 16 and 20, but, Nigerians are wondering why he is taking off to an undisclosed destination in London, two clear weeks ahead.

“We ask; is president Buhari and his handlers hiding anything from Nigerians so much so that they cannot disclose the reason and duration of the so-called private visit? Nigerians are invited to note that this secret visit has a departure date but silent on the purpose, date and place of arrival.

“Today, our economy is hemorrhaging and the citizens are languishing because of the continued lack of accountability and total incompetence of the Buhari-led administration.

“The PDP insists that public officers, at all levels, particularly the occupier of the office of the president, must be accountable, transparent and answerable in all their dealings, at all times, especially under an administration that claims zero tolerance for corruption,” the party said.