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Faulty Aircraft: Shettima Aborts U.S. Trip

• Foreign Affairs Minister Now to Represent President 

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A faulty Aircraft has made Vice-President Kashim Shettima cancel his trip to the United States to President represent Bola Tinubu at the 2024 US-Africa Business Summit scheduled for Dallas, Texas.

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Communications, Office of the Vice President, Stanley Nkwocha, disclosed this in a statement on Monday, revealing that it was on the advice of the Presidential Air Fleet.

He said Foreign Affairs Minister, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, will now represent President Tinubu at the event which will be held from May 6 to May 9.

“The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, will now represent President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the 2024 US-Africa Business Summit in Dallas, Texas.

“Vice President Kashim Shettima who was originally scheduled to represent the President was unable to make the trip following a technical fault with his aircraft, forcing him to make a detour on the advice of the Presidential Air Fleet.

“The US-Africa Business Summit aims to foster economic cooperation and explore investment opportunities between the United States and African countries.”

“The Vice President will carry on with other national duties.

“The high-profile summit, taking place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, will bring together political and business leaders from across Africa, the United States, and other regions. It features high-level dialogues, networking sessions, and plenaries.

“Among the African heads of state expected are President Joseph Boakai of Liberia, President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, President Joao Lourenço of Angola, President Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi of Botswana, President José Maria Neves of Cabo Verde, and Deputy Prime Minister Nthomeng Majara of Lesotho”, he added.

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