It is highly debatable whether any argument is more fiercely discussed in Nigeria as the seemingly constant foreign trips of Nigeria’s incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari. Where some see it as a complete waste of the country’s rather limited resources, others who are mostly categorized as Buhari loyalists, insist that the trips are not mere frivolities and actually provide several advantages to the nation.
Well, the President not one to sit around and listen to both sides of the argument or base his decisions solely on public opinions went to Equatorial Guinea on Monday for talks with the Equatorial Guinea President, Obiang Nguema Mbasuga. A statement released on Sunday by the Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity; Femi Adesina, revealed the purpose of the visit as a focus on collaborative measures to prevent and control menaces like; piracy, crude oil, theft, attacks on oil rigs, arms smuggling and human trafficking in the Gulf of Guinea.
The end of those discussions are not yet known but the Buhari loyalists might have more room to preen as the President was on Monday conferred with the Equatorial Guinea’s highest National Honor for his courage in fighting terrorism, personal integrity and leadership style. The Honor is called “Gran Collar De La Order De La Indipendencia” (Grand Collar of the Order of the Independence).
The Honor was awarded to President Buhari by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who enthused; “We are here to recognize the son of the soil. On this occasion, we deem it fit and appropriate to decorate the son of Africa for the great work he is doing in Africa, which includes tackling a great menace to the continent, Boko Haram.” President Buhari had afterwards shared his gratitude for the honor and espoused on the needfulness of greater neighborliness, security and economic stability.