President Tinubu off to Riyadh ahead of Saudi-Africa summit


President Bola Tinubu will, on Thursday, leave Abuja for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to attend the Saudi-Africa Summit, which is scheduled to take place in Riyadh on November 10, 2023.

The president will be accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar; Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman; Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance, Mr. Wale Edun; Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr. Betta Edu; as well as the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Abubakar Bagudu.

Others are the National Security Adviser, Nuhu Ribadu; the Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; and the Chairman of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Malam Jalal Arabi.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, announced this in a statement on Wednesday.

He said at the Saudi-Africa Summit, the president would underscore Nigeria’s commitment to attracting more Foreign Direct Investment and expanding business partnerships, which were strongly reinforced by his administration’s ongoing domestic economic reforms.

Ngelale added that discussions at the first Saudi-Africa Summit would revolve around supporting joint action, enhancing political coordination, addressing regional security threats, facilitating economic transformation through research and the local development of new energy solutions, all while bolstering cross-sectoral investment cooperation.

President Tinubu will return to Abuja following the conclusion of the Saudi-Africa Summit.