Breakdown Of Buhari’s Travels Since He Assumed Office

Shortly after his inauguration, Buhari on June 3 and 4, 2015 he traveled to the Republic of Niger and Chad Republic for consultations on how to tackle terrorism in the country and the region.

On June 7, 2015, he traveled to Germany to attend the G-7 summit and returned on June 9. He proceeded to South Africa on June 13, 2015, for the African Union Summit in continuation of talks on anti-terrorism fight and returned on June 16.

On July 19, 2015, the President embarked on a four-day official visit to the United States and after he returned on July 23, he proceeded to Cameroon for a two-day visit on July 29 and returned on July 30.

He went for the Republic of Benin’s Independence Day celebration from August 2 to August 3, 2015.

In September 2015, Buhari embarked on a one-day visit to Ghana on the 7th and a three-day official visit to France on the 14th, returning on the 16th of September.

The President traveled to New York for the 70th United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2015, and returned on September 29.

From October 26 to 30, 2015, he traveled to New Delhi in India for the Indian-African Forum and on his way back, he made a technical stopover at Khartoum, Sudan.

From November 22 to 24, 2015, the President traveled to Tehran, Iran for the third Gas Exporting Countries’ Forum.

From November 26 to 30, 2015, the President was in Malta to participate in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.



From Malta, he traveled to France on November 30, 2015, for the UN Climate Change Summit and returned on December 1.

On December 3, 2015, he departed for South Africa to attend the China/Africa Summit. He returned on December 5.

On December 10, 2015, Buhari attended the last rites for the late former President Mathieu Kerekou of the Republic of Benin.

Travels in 2016

Buhari’s first foreign trip in 2016 was to the Benin Republic on January 8 where he attended the 11th Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Niger Basin Authority.

From January 17 to 20, 2016, he attended the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

From January 27 to 29, 2016, the President was in Kenya on an official visit. From Kenya, he headed to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for an African Union meeting and returned to Nigeria on January 30.

From February 2 to 4, 2016, the President visited France to attend the Special Session of the European Union Parliament.

From February 5 to 10, 2016, barely eight months into his tenure, he traveled to the UK for his first vacation.

On February 18, 2016, he departed for Egypt to attend the Sharm el-Sheikh ‘Africa 2016’ Business Forum and returned to Abuja the following day.

From February 22 to 29, 2016, the President visited Saudi Arabia and Qatar. He met with government officials and also visited Medina and Grand Mosque in Mecca, where he performed prayers for the peace and unity of Nigeria.

On March 14, 2016, Buhari visited Equatorial Guinea for two days and had discussions on agreement on Joint Maritime Policing.



From March 29 to April 3, 2016, he was in Washington DC attending a Nuclear Security Summit. He returned to Abuja on April 4.

He was in China from April 10 to 14, 2016 on a state visit.

On May 10, the President departed for the Anti-Corruption Summit in the UK. He returned to Abuja on May 14 but left for the UK on June 6 for his first medical vacation, following reports that he had an ear infection. He returned on June 19.

On August 8, 2016, Buhari traveled to Chad for the inauguration of President Idris Deby and from August 27 to 28, 2016, he visited Kenya to attend the Tokyo Conference on Africa.

On September 18, 2016, the President traveled to New York, US where he spent five days to attend the 71st UN General Assembly.

The President visited Germany on October 13, 2016, and departed on October 16.

He spent five days from November 14 to 18, 2016 in Morocco where he attended the UN Climate Change Conference.

On November 23, 2016, he traveled to Equatorial Guinea for the 4th Africa/Arab summit.

From December 5 to 7, 2016, Buhari was in Senegal where he attended the Dakar International Forum on Peace and Security in Africa.

On December 13, 2016, he attended the ECOWAS summit in The Gambia.

Travels in 2017

The President’s first foreign trip in 2017 was to Ghana where he attended the inauguration of President Nana Akufo-Addo on January 7.

On January 13, he traveled to The Gambia to attend a high-level ECOWAS meeting. He was in Mali the following day for the 27th African France Summit.



On January 19, 2017, the President traveled to the UK on medical leave and returned on March 10 after spending 51 days in the UK.

Barely 40 days after, Buhari traveled again to the UK for medical attention on May 8, 2017, and remained there till August 19, 2017, spending 104 days, a record which surpassed that of the late President Umaru Yar’Adua.

On September 17, 2017, he left for the US to attend the 72nd UN General Assembly where he stayed till September 21.

He traveled from the US to the UK for medical purposes and returned to Abuja on September 25, 2017.

On October 18, 2017, he traveled along with members of his family to Turkey on

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