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Buhari’s Shuns Dakar Trip, VP to Represent Him


President Muhammadu Buhari scheduled trip to Dakar, Senegal, for the 49th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), is no longer feasible for the President to attend, it was gathered.

This followed Thursday’s pattern, when the President aborted his visit to Ogoniland, Rivers State to flag off the clean up of the area from decades of oil pollution. That visit was put off at last minute, while Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had to perform the flag off ceremony.

Last week also, President’s planned trip to Lagos was cancelled and Osinbajo had to take his place.

Those in the know at the Presidential Villa, Abuja revealed that the President may have directed Vice President Osinbajo to represent him at the one-day summit slated for Friday, June 3.

The Vice President is expected to depart for Dakar first thing Friday morning, according to sources.

It was learnt that the President shelved the Dakar trip so as not to buy into the narrative that he only prefers to do trips to international destinations after shunning Lagos and Rivers States.

“The President cares about Nigerians and their feelings… He is a very sensitive leader. Because he didn’t make the Lagos and Rivers trips he is also shelving the Senegal trip so that he doesn’t seem insensitive to the issues plaguing the nation,” one of our sources said.


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