Again! Buhari Cancels Scheduled Trip To Senegal


President Muhammadu Buhari has again
cancelled his scheduled trip to Dakar, Senegal
for the 49th Extra-Ordinary Summit of the
Economic Community of West African States
(ECOWAS), adding to a string of abruptly
scrapped travels by the Presidency in the last
two weeks, THE WILL can authoritatively
As exclusively reported by THEWILL late
Wednesday night, the President had
abruptly cancelled his widely publicized
Thursday trip to Ogoni, Rivers State to
launch the cleaning up of years of oil spills
that have devastated the Niger Delta
community. Before then, the President had
also abruptly cancelled trips to Lagos state,
citing scheduling difficulties.
Trusted Presidency sources with knowledge
of the latest cancellation told THEWILL on
Thursday that the President may have
directed Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to
represent him at the one-day summit slated
for Friday, June 3.
The Vice President, who represented the
President at his no-shows in Lagos and
Ogoni, is expected to depart for Dakar this
night or first thing Friday morning,
according to our checks if he asked to go.
Our multiple sources said 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.
Calls and text messages to spokesmen of
the President and Vice President, Garba
Shehu and Olaolu Akande, respectively to
get an official position were not
acknowledged as at the time we published
this report.

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