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Buhari Criticised for Taking Fashola on G7 Summit Trip

by on June 7, 2015
 

By Kayode Sesan

President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday left Nigeria to attend the G7 Summit which begins in Bavaria, Germany on Sunday.

According to a statement by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, the Nigerian president was accompanied by Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, and former Chief of Army Staff, Abdulrahman Dambazau and other officials.

Meanwhile, concerned Nigerian have begun to react to Fashola’s presence in the President’s entourage to the G7 Summit describing it as “illegal” and a “waste of resources.”

Speaking to BREAKING TIMES on Sunday, Deji Adeyanju, a public affairs commentator said that Fashola had no basis accompanying the President on this official trip. “Fashola is travelling with Buhari at the expense of taxpayers’ money. He is not a government official. Why is he on this trip with Buhari to the G7 Summit? In what capacity is he representing Nigeria? He is not the one we elected to govern us and there is no official communication from the President stating that he has been appointed in any capacity whatsoever. So he is on that trip as a private citizen. Is this not tantamount to government waste?”, he queried.

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima and former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola who accompanied the President to summit in Germany. | Photo: Premium Times

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima and former Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola who accompanied the President to summit in Germany. | Photo: Premium Times

Spokesman to President Buhari, Garba Shehu had stated on Saturday that Mr. Buhari was invited to the G7 summit before he was sworn into office.

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“The invitation is a clear indication of the international community’s willingness to cooperate with the new government of Nigeria,” he said.

He added that President Buhari would not be participating in the main meetings, since Nigeria is not a member of the G7 group.

“He is in a group of seven other Heads of State who were called in as guests. He will equally be holding key side meetings with some of the seven Heads of State who will be convened at the summit.

“The international community is obviously acknowledging Nigeria’s significant role in global affairs,” Mr. Garba said, “especially with the recent change in government.”

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  • Babatunde
    June 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Rubbish, go and get a job!!! Why are you concerned about Fashola, what of Fayemi, Dambazu and others? Because they have not been announced does not mean the people that will work with PMB do not now themselves now. The work is already on-going. Announcement will just be to formalize their engagements. These are the stars of the new government. You have to leave with that for the next 4 years, if you are happy seen Fashola with PMB.

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  • Simbo Yusuf
    June 9, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    The person complaining about this certainly has no serious job at hand. At least, this is a clear departure from the past, where Nigerian president would go with over 400 people, even when Obama would have come with max of 15.

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