President Muhammadu Buhari has continued unabatedly to show Nigerians his loyalty stands with Islam and Arabs and not Nigeria as he embarks today on a journey to the United Arab Emirates ( UAE), on a condolence visit after the death of it’s President and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa Al Nahyan.
According to a statement signed on Thursday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Buhari will be meeting with the new President, Sheikh Mohamed Al Nahyan.
Buhari will also extend his congratulations to Al Nahyan, renewing bonds of the longstanding friendship between Nigeria and the UAE.
In one week, Islamists have killed a Christian student in Sokoto, accused of blasphemy, okada riders mostly of northern origins also murdered a sound engineer in Lagos, while in Abuja, boys from the north murdered five persons, burnt down businesses worth billions of naira at the popular DeiDei market belonging to ethnic Igbos.
President Buhari has not deemed it fit to visit or condole with any of the families, but was quick to jump on a plane serviced with Nigerian tax payers money on a condolence visit to UAE.
The statement also said, “The President, in an earlier congratulatory message to the new UAE leader, had reaffirmed Nigeria’s cordial relationship with the country, noting that the cooperation between both governments have helped Nigeria in tracking down illegal assets and tracing terrorist funds.
“Under the new leadership, President Buhari looks forward to a bigger and stronger partnership for peace, stability and prosperity of both countries.”
Buhari would be accompanied by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Pantami, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
Other members of his delegation were said to be the National Security Adviser, Major General Mohammed Monguno (retd.) and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar.
The President is expected back in the country on Saturday.