President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja Sunday night for Japan to participate in the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7) slated for the City of Yokohama from August 28 to 30.
Buhari’s participation will be his second, having attended TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2016.
He was accompanied by Governors Babagana Zulum (Borno), Abdulraham AbdulRazaq (Kwara) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), some ministers and other top government officials.
With the theme: “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future,” the opening session of TICAD7 will be performed by the Japanese Prime Minister and host, Shinzo Abe.
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said the president would deliver Nigeria’s statement during Plenary Session Three in which he would appraise Nigeria-Japan relations and take-aways from TICAD6.
He will attend a state banquet and also honour the invitation of Emperor Naruhito to a tea reception at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo.