Nasarawa State Governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura has said that Nigerians who criticize President Muhammadu Buhari over his frequent trips abroad are not patriotic.
Al-Makura also said that the trips don’t stop Buhari from performing his duties.
“For anybody to talk about the foreign trips of Mr. President in a negative manner, such a person is not patriotic. Nigeria was a pariah state, Nigeria was isolated and stigmatised for the better part of PDP administrations, nobody wanted to do business with Nigeria,” the governor said according to Leadership.
“The president would be doing disservice to the country if he does not go to correct those impressions that the world has about Nigeria, to tell the world that Nigeria is now a new place, Nigeria is now keying into the best practices in terms of statutory matters, in terms of international collaboration in economic activities”.
“These are the things that will correct the wrong impression the whole world had about Nigeria; and I can tell you that I was in one of the trips Mr. President made to the United States and you could see the way and manner he was received with open arms. They stated categorically that they now have confidence to transact business with Nigeria.
“Look at his intervention, you don’t have the vibrancy that Boko Haram used to have before he came. Look at the economy, when a lot of states could not pay salaries of workers, there was so much pressure and worries on how government would intervene and he was able to facilitate the bailout,” he added.
Meanwhile, Buhari has left Nigeria for an official trip to Equatorial Guinea and will expectedly return tomorrow, March 15, 2016.
(Source: BUSY GHANA)