COST OF PRESIDENT BUHARI’S TRIP TO UNITED STATES GROSSLY EXAGGERATED

Our attention has been drawn to an editorial
published in the Nigerian Pilot of August 2,
2015 and an earlier report in which the total
cost of President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent
trip to the U.S. was estimated at N2.2 billion.
It is very sad that in this age of free-flowing
information and in this era of CHANGE, a
media organisation would make itself
available as a vehicle to peddle a lie of such
low and ignominious quality.
Contrary to the newspaper’s assertions, the
total cost of the trip to the Nigerian taxpayer
was at the most minimal, in line with the
policy of this administration to cut waste and
extravagance.
In point of fact, the total amount expended on
the trip by the Office of the President
amounted to nothing near ten per cent of the
speculated figure.
Owing to the free accommodation provided by
the host government, all the personal staff
who accompanied the President on the trip
received reduced allowances.
His son, Yusuf, received neither allowances
nor estacode. The five Governors on the trip
each paid his own way. Permanent Secretaries
who traveled on the delegation did so in
accordance with extant rules and none of
them exceeded their estacode entitlements.
Apart from the Nigerian Pilot’s mischievous
mathematics, it is shortsighted and
misleading of the newspaper to have claimed
that President Buhari’s trip to the U.S.
achieved nothing.
Nigerian-US relations had suffered severely
over the past few years. That relationship has
now been reset. The benefits of this symbiotic
relationship will become more and more
evident as the Buhari administration
continues to tackle the challenges of
corruption, security and the economy.
Some of the more immediate benefits of the
President’s trip to the U.S include: the
proposed $2.1 billion fund from the World
Bank for the re-development of the northeast
battered by Boko Haram; $5 billion from US
investors in Nigeria’s agriculture sector; $1.5
billion investment in the Nigerian health
sector; and another $5 billion investment from
the U.S. in our country’s power sector.
Also, as things stand at the moment, the
embargo on the sale of weapons sales to
Nigeria is in the process of being removed.
The trip to the U.S by President Buhari was
definitely very successful and beneficial to
Nigeria.
Only those rabidly determined to find faults
unnecessarily will cook up falsehood in a
futile effort to rake up murk where none exists.
Garba Shehu
Senior Special Assistant to the President
(Media & Publicity)

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