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Breaking: Shettima Aborts US Trip, Blames Faulty Aircraft

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Vice President Kashim Shettima has canceled his scheduled trip to the United States of America, where he was set to attend the 2024 US-Africa Business Summit in Dallas, Texas. The abrupt change in plans comes as a result of a technical fault discovered on his aircraft.

Initially slated to represent President Tinubu at the summit due to the president’s absence following his recent official trip to Saudi Arabia, Shettima’s role will now be fulfilled by Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, as announced in a statement by Shettima’s spokesperson, Stanley Nkwocha.

 

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Nkwocha explained that the decision to abort the trip was made after the discovery of the technical fault on Shettima’s aircraft, prompting a detour on the advice of the presidential air fleet. Despite the setback, Vice President Shettima will continue with his other national duties.

The statement further highlighted the significance of the US-Africa Business Summit, which is set to take place at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

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The event aims to facilitate dialogue and networking opportunities between political and business leaders from Africa, the United States, and other regions.

Notable attendees expected at the summit include several African heads of state such as 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.

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The US-Africa Business Summit underscores the shared goal of fostering economic cooperation and exploring investment opportunities between the United States and African countries, highlighting the importance of strengthening bilateral ties and promoting sustainable development initiatives.

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