Tuggar to replace Shettima as faulty aircraft forces VP to abandon US trip

Friday Ajagunna
Friday Ajagunna
Yusuf Tuggar

Yusuf Tuggar, minister of foreign affairs, will now represent President Bola Tinubu at the 2024 US-Africa Business Summit in Dallas, Texas.

Vice-President Kashim Shettima was initially billed to represent Tinubu at the summit held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

In a statement, Stanley Nkwocha, senior special assistant to the president on media and communications, said Shettima, who has since returned to Nigeria, was unable to make the trip “following a technical fault with his aircraft.”

“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 statement reads in part.

Nkwocha said Shettima “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,” the statement said.

Other African leaders expected at the summit include President Joseph Boakai of Liberia; Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi; Joao Lourenço of Angola; Mokgweetsi E. K. Masisi of the Republic of Botswana; José Maria Neves of Cabo Verde; and Nthomeng Majara, deputy prime minister of the kingdom of Lesotho.

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