A timeline of President Buhari’s trips abroad

Since being inaugurated as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on May 29, 2015, His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari has particularly paid keen attention to fostering foreign relationships and building burned bridges – which has seen him travel at least once every month.

While some schools of thought opine that these incessant trip are not beneficial to the economy, some have applauded him for his focus on foreign relations.

While the debate yet ensues, in commemoration of his 1 year in office, we’ve compiled a timeline of Mr President’s many travels.


June 3, 2015- Buhari visits Niger Republic to discuss with President Mahamadou Issoufou on security issues such as tackling the menace – Boko Haram.

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June 4, 2015- President Buhari visited Chad to further discuss the security challenges posed by terrorism to nations in the region.


June 7, 2015- President Buhari arrived Germany for the G7 summit in company of Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola and the governor of Borno state, Kashim Shettima.


June 15, 2015- Buhari visited South Africa for the 25th AU Summit where he chaired the Peace and Security Committee of the African Union.

July 19, 2015 – The President embarked on a trip to the United States of America with a 33-man delegation upon the invitation of President Barack Obama to discuss Boko Haram and other issues.


July 29, 2015- Buhari visits Cameroon where he had a closed-door meeting with President Paul Biya, at the Cameroonian State House.


August 1, 2015- He visited Benin Republic to continue talks on the Boko Haram terrorist sect. During the visit, he was conferred with the traditional title ‘Manahouwhe’ Gbede’, which means “I will never forget you”.


September 7, 2015- Buhari arrived in Ghana where he was received by President John Mahama.


September 14, 2015- Following an invitation from French President, Francois Hollande, Buhari embarked on a 3-day official visit to France where he discussed military cooperation between Nigeria and France.


October 27, 2015- Buhari visited New Delhi, India to participate in the 3rd Summit of the India-Africa Forum.

President Buhari with the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran H.E. Hassan Rouhani during a bilateral meeting at his office after the 3rd Summit of Gas Exporting Countries Forum in Tehran Iran on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 22, 2015- The president was received by Iranian deputy president, Shariat Madri at the Mehrabad International Airport. He then visited Tehran, Iran to be a part of the Gas Exporting Countries (GECF) summit.

November 27, 2016- His Excellency headed off to Malta to participate in the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.


November 30, 2016- President Muhammadu Buhari arrived Paris, France for the United Nations Climate Change Conference.

President Buhari attended the Johannesburg Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in South Africa on 4th Dec 2015.

December 4, 2015- President Muhammadu Buhari is in South Africa for the China-Africa Corporation Forum in Johannesburg. 

President Muhammadu Buhari addressed the World Future Energy Summit; credit: twitter/TheGreenVilla

January 17, 2016- The President visited the United Arab Emirates on a three-day official visit to join Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki Moon, Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and other participants as a special guest of honour at the 2016 edition of the World Future Energy Summit.

January 28, 2016-  President Muhammadu Buhari was in Kenya for a 3-day state visit.

President Buhari at the African Union Peace and Security Council

January 29, 2016 – President Buhari visits Addis Ababa for the 26th Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government.  

February 3, 2016- Buhari addressed the plenary session of the European Union in France.

President Muhammadu Buhari in London

February 4, 2016- Buhari arrived the United Kingdom for Supporting Syria & the Region conference co-hosted by the UK, Germany, Kuwait, Norway and the UN. He then proceeded on a 5-day vacation in the country.

February 20, 2016- President Muhammadu Buhari was in El-Sheikh, Egypt for the Business for Africa, Egypt and the World Forum. Buhari who was on a two-day visit to the country, was among the speakers at the forum.

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February 23, 2016- Buhari arrived Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He performed his lesser Hajj in the country before leaving for Qatar.

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February 27, 2016- Buhari was in Qatar to attend the meeting of Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

President Buhari and President Nguema Mbasogo

March 15, 2016- President Muhammadu Buhari travelled to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea for talks with President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo on further measures to protect the people and resources of the Niger Delta and Gulf of Guinea.

Serzh Sargsyan, Armenia's president, from right, Xi Jinping, China's president, and Mark Rutte, Dutch prime minister, stand during a family photo at the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Friday, April 1, 2016. After a spate of terrorist attacks from Europe to Africa, U.S. President Barack Obama is rallying international support during the summit for an effort to keep Islamic State and similar groups from obtaining nuclear material and other weapons of mass destruction. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

March 31, 2016- Buhari was in Washington DC, USA for the 4th nuclear security summit.


April 11, 2016- Muhammadu Buhari embarked on a 5-day working visit to China.

President Buhari this afternoon held a Bilateral Meeting with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, in London

May 12, 2016- Buhari visited the United Kingdom for the Anti-Corruption Summit: London 2016.









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