Nigeria’s standing in the international community seems to be on the decline as President Muhammadu Buhari was on Sunday received by Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed, 3rd Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the UAE, Amb. Ibrahim Auwalu.
Buhari and his entourage, made up of eight ministers and hordes of other aides, was received at the Presidential Wing of the Abu Dhabi International Airport United Arab Emirates.
Buhari is in Dubai on a three-day official visit to Dubai as special guest of honour at this year’s edition of the World Future Energy Summit.
A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President, Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Saturday, said during the course of the visit, Buhari would join the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi and other participants at the World Future Energy Summit.
According to the statement, after the talks, a number of agreements between both countries on economic, trade and bilateral relations are expected to be signed.
It further said: “From the visit, Nigeria also expects to get more support from the UAE for its war against terrorism and the recovery of Nigeria’s stolen funds.”
He was accompanied by the ministers of Power, Works and Housing, Petroleum, Babatunde Fashola; Environment, Amina Mohammed; Justice, Abubakar Malami; Trade and Investment, Udo Udoma, Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema as well as the National Security Adviser, Major
General Babagana Monguno (rtd).
The president is expected to also meet with Nigerian professionals in the UAE and is expected back to Abuja on Tuesday, the statement added.