Presidency says Buhari in ‘technical stopover’ in UK, PDP kicks

President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to return to Nigeria days after he left Washington DC where he had met with President Donald Trump.

But PDP queries President Buhari’s London ‘Technical Stopover’, noting that ‘No Agenda Confession Signposts Failure’.

Buhari’s spokesman, Mallam Garba Shehu, on Thursday disclosed that the president “is in a technical stopover” in London.

The president left Washington DC on Tuesday after meeting with Trump.

“They had a technical stopover in London. I am sure if you keep your ears to the ground, you will hear of his arrival soon,” Shehu said.

Shehu did not explain the “technical stopover”.

Last year, President Buhari was in London for 91 days for medical attention.

Meanwhile the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Presidency to end their official secrecy and come clear on the reasons for President Muhammadu Buhari’s alleged ‘technical stopover’ in London.

According to a statement signed by National publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP invites Nigerians to note that President Buhari left the United States 48 hours ago and embarked on an unofficial visit to United Kingdom for undisclosed reasons without transmitting a letter to the National Assembly.

“This is impunity and another constitutional breach,” the party said.

President Buhari had on Tuesday left the United States, where he had an embarrassing and fruitless outing and instead of returning to the country, detoured to the UK for another private visit without regard to full disclosure requirements of our constitution and laws.

“Indeed, Nigerians are worried about the signal being sent out by this penchant for secret itinerary, particularly, given the poor reputation and governance transparency issues confronting our nation under the Buhari administration.

“The Presidency must understand that President Buhari is not a private citizen and as long as his upkeep and itinerary is sourced from our hard-earned resources, there must be full disclosure, as citizens deserve to know the purpose of the visit and the cost to our nation.

“This is especially as President Buhari’s foreign trips, which come at great costs, have not brought any gains to our country. Instead, the President has continued to de-market our nation in the international arena.

“The just concluded the Commonwealth Head of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, where he cast aspersion at our enterprising youths and failed to return with any dividend readily comes to mind.

“Furthermore, President Buhari’s admission at the Voice of America (VOA) that he was unable to reach any agreement with President Donald Trump on any matter of interest to Nigeria, during his US visit and that he has no future development agenda to validate his 2019 re-election bid, confirm our position that the Buhari administration has nothing to offer Nigerians.”

The PDP therefore urged President Buhari’s handlers to adequately prepare him before international outings as well as ensure full disclosure on all his visits outside the country, since he embodies the image and integrity of our nation, until May 29, 2019.

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