The Presidency on Wednesday justified President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to travel to Dakar, Senegal to participate in the International Development Association (IDA) Summit.
Newsbreak reported the Tuesday attack on a presidential team in Katsina State and the attack on a major prison in Abuja.
Both incidents coming barely a few hours prior to Buhari’s departure has prompted a public outcry, describing the President as insensitive to the people’s insecurity predicament.
Reacting while fielding a question on the incidents, the Presidency, through its Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said shelving the scheduled trip would tantamount to surrendering to terrorists.
“Because there’s an international conference meant for heads of states and presidents, he should attend. You should never give in to terrorists,” Adesina said.
“The moment terrorists begin to stop you from doing things, then we might as well throw up our hands in surrender. The President should go ahead. Yes, it’s an international obligation.”
Buhari is expected back in Nigeria at the end of the Summit on Thursday.