VP Shettima Forced To Stop US-Africa Summit Over Faulty Aircraft

Vice President, Kashim Shettima, who was earlier scheduled to represent President Bola Tinubu at the 2024 US-Africa Business Summit, hosted by the Corporate Council on Africa, has been forced to stop the trip.

In a statement signed on Monday evening, by the Shettima’s Spokesperson, Stanley Nkwocha, disclosed that President Tinubu will now be represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar.

The statement reads: “The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, will now represent President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the 2024 US-Africa Business Summit in Dallas, Texas.

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“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 Vice President 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.

“Among the African heads of state expected are President Joseph Boakai of Liberia, President Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi, President Joao Lourenço of Angola, President Mokgweetsi E.K. Masisi of Botswana, President José Maria Neves of Cabo Verde, and Deputy Prime Minister Nthomeng Majara of Lesotho.

“The US-Africa Business Summit aims to foster economic cooperation and explore investment opportunities between the United States and African countries.”