He said the trips were largely aimed at repairing the country’s poor image following years of brutal military regimes.
Mr. Obasanjo was widely condemned for spending huge resources on frequent foreign trips.
But the former leader said in a speech on Monday at Oxford University that the trips brought significant economic benefits to the country.
“The situation demanded that I worked to stave off that perception. As a country under political transformation, I applied myself scrupulously to the task at hand.
“For the eight years that I served, I reached out to world leaders and continue to do so beyond my
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