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PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday departed Nigeria for United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend EXPO 2020 Dubai. 

  Scheduled to kick off tomorrow under the theme: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, President Buhari said that EXPO 2020 Dubai  creates rare environment for Nigeria to join over 190 countries in forging true and meaningful multilateral partnerships.

  A release issued by Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Expo 2020 Dubai will also provide another opportunity for Nigeria 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.

Continuing, the release explains that aside from touring the Nigerian Pavilion at the Expo, President Buhari will also receive in audience prospective investors as well as 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 before playing Special Guest of Honour at the special Trade and Investment Forum coming up with theme: Unveiling Investment Opportunities in Nigeria.

  Those in Nigerian delegation include Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed; Defence, Bashir Magashi; Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; and Agriculture and Rural Development, Mohammad Abubakar, among others.

  President Buhari is expected back in Abuja on Sunday.

In another development, President Muhammadu Buhari has called for a stronger emphasis on people-to-people relations between South Africa and Nigeria.

  This, he said, will help to evolve a bond that will be of benefit to both countries and the entire African continent.

Speaking while hosting his South African counterpart, President   Cyril Ramaphosa, at the presidential villa, Abuja, President Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to improving a “special relationship” with South Africa, which will translate into gains for the continent, particularly in education, science, trade and investment, tourism and security.

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