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Buhari jets to Qatar for UN conference

Buhari jets out

President Muhammadu Buhari


The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), will on Saturday leave for the 5th United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries in Doha, the capital city of Qatar.

This was contained in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, by the spokesperson for the president, Garba Shehu.

According to the statement, the development came following an invitation by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, to attend a conference in the country, from March 5 to 9, under the theme: “From Potential to Prosperity,” holds once in a decade.

However, this will also provide an opportunity to garner the support of the international community, to accelerate sustainable development in the LDCs as well as assist them make progress towards achieving prosperity.

Mr Shehu noted that, while in Doha, Mr Buhari will reinforce Nigeria’s commitment to support the most vulnerable countries to meet their development challenges.

According to the president’s aide, President Buhari would highlight areas through which the Nigerian government had provided them with different forms of assistance in the past.

“As most of these countries struggle to find sustainable solutions to challenges of poverty, adverse effects of climate change, food and energy crisis as well as high-debt burden among others, the Nigerian leader will vigorously reiterate the need for sustainable solutions for countries facing these severe challenges,” he said.

However, the dignitaries expected at the conference are world leaders, the private sector, civil society and youth organisations from different parts of the world.

The aims of organising the summit, is to share developmental ideas and mobilise political will, solidarity, action and solutions to transform the LDCs, by finding sustainable solutions to the challenges of poverty, food insecurity, hunger and weak or non-existent infrastructure.

Other issues expected to be addressed at the summit, are; the challenges of inadequate health facilities, climate change among others, as they struggle to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Among the delegates going with the president are; ministers and top government officials, who are expected to use the opportunity of the visit to sign some agreements and Memoranda of Understanding with the Qatari government.

President Buhari is expected to return to back to the country on Monday, next week.


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