President Muhammadu Buhari will leave on Thursday for the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to meet with the Asian nation’s new President, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed. Announcing his departure, presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu said the President’s trip is to convey his condolences on the passing of the former president and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed.
The President “will also extend his congratulations to the new President, renewing bonds of the longstanding friendship between Nigeria and the UAE. “The President, in an earlier congratulatory message to the new UAE leader, had reaffirmed Nigeria’s cordial relationship with the country, noting that the cooperation between both governments have helped Nigeria in tracking down illegal assets and tracing terrorist funds.
“Under the new leadership, President Buhari looks forward to a bigger and stronger partnership for peace, stability and prosperity of both countries. “President Buhari will be accompanied by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Amb. Zubairu Dada, the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Prof. Isa Ali Pantami, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello, and the Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika.
“Other members of his delegation are the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Monguno (Rtd) and the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.” The President is expected back in the country on Saturday.