The team of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was reported exclusively by SaharaReporters on Saturday to be visiting Turkey, has left for the European country today (Sunday).
SaharaReporters learnt on Sunday that a member of the team, a Deputy Director of Media, Abiodun Oladunjoye could, however, not make the trip, having tested positive for COVID-19.
Top presidential sources told SaharaReporters that another trip to China is being planned for 2021 or early next year.
“A trip to China might happen soon, if not this year, then January. The team going to Turkey are leaving today (Sunday). The Acting Director, Media, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abiodun Oladunjoye, who is supposed to also be on the trip tested positive for COVID-19.
“Oladunjoye is a Deputy Director but since the last director retired, he has been in an acting capacity,” the source revealed.
SaharaReporters had on Saturday exclusively reported that Buhari, notorious for embarking on trips around the world while the country has a security crisis, will be visiting Turkey by December 15.
SaharaReporters had gathered that Buhari would also be embarking on local trips to Ebonyi and Kano states as well as to his hometown, Daura, Katsina State, where he would spend the New Year break.
“Buhari to visit Turkey; the programme is for 15th. Local trips in December include Ebonyi, Kano and Daura (in Katsina State), where he will likely spend the New Year break,” a presidential source had revealed on Saturday.
SaharaReporters had on December 1 reported how Buhari departed the country to attend the Expo 2020 in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Shortly after hosting and meeting South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Buhari left the nation's capital, Abuja for the UAE capital.
The Nigerian president has been junketing across the world in the last three months.
Buhari in September 2021 travelled to New York, US to participate in the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Then on October 3, President Buhari left for Ethiopia to attend the inauguration of the country’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed for a second five-year term in office.
He was also in Saudi Arabia on October 24 for an investment conference organised by the Future Investment Initiative Institute and lesser Hajj in Madinah and Makkah.
Two days after returning to Nigeria from Saudi Arabia, Buhari left the country for Glasgow to participate in the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The President however on November 2 secretly abandoned the conference and travelled to London for a medical checkup.
His aircraft, a Gulfstream Aerospace GV-SP (G550) with registration number 5N-FGW and serial number 5310 (Mode-S 0640F2) left the Glasgow International Airport at 10:14 pm (9:14 UK time) and arrived at Stansted Airport, London at 11:11 pm (10:11 pm UK time).
On Tuesday, November 9, Buhari departed London for Paris, France where he participated in the Paris Peace Forum in France and was also a guest of French President, Emmanuel Macron.
On November 13, it was also reported that Buhari in endless junketing was pictured leaving the French capital with some of his aides and making his way to the 5N-FGW (Gulfstream Aerospace) aircraft.
Buhari was also in Durban, South Africa where he attended the 2nd Intra-African Trade Fair 2021.