President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday left Abuja for United Arab Emirates.
A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, in a statement, said Buhari would meet the new UAE president, Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to convey his condolences on the death of the former president and ruler of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
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He said Buhari would also extend his congratulations to the new president, “renewing bonds of the longstanding friendship between Nigeria and the UAE.”
Shehu said under the new leadership, Buhari looked forward to a bigger and stronger partnership for peace, stability and prosperity of Nigeria and UAE.
He said Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada; the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami; the Minister of FCT, Mohammed Bello; the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika; the National Security Adviser, Mohammed Monguno and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.
“The president is expected back in the country on Saturday,” he added.