Buhari jets to Dubai

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President Muhammadu Buhari is departing for Dubai to attend the EXPO 2020 holding in the United Arab Emirates, UAE.

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The Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, disclosed in a statement on Wednesday that the theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, provides the environment for Nigeria to join over 190 countries to forge true and meaningful partnerships “to build a better future for everyone.”

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He said the Expo would provide another opportunity for the Nigerian delegation to highlight significant strides in the economy in the last six years as a basis for making the country an important destination for foreign direct investment.

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He said the President will be accompanied by the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo; Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed; Defence, Maj.-Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd); Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; and Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Mohammad Abubakar.

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Others, according to him, were: Ministers of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Communications and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Ali Pantami; Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite; Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Maryam Katagum, the National Security Adviser , Maj.-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd), Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar and the Chairman/CEO Nigerians in Diaspora Commission , Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

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The presidential spokesman added that aside from touring the Nigerian Pavilion at the Expo on Friday, Nigeria’s National Day, the President will also receive in audience prospective investors.

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He will meet with His Highness, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai.

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On Saturday, the President will be the Special Guest of Honour at the special Trade and Investment Forum themed: Unveiling Investment Opportunities in Nigeria.

The president is expected to be back in Abuja on Sunday, December 5, 2021.

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