Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is representing President Muhammadu Buhari this weekend in Abu Dhabi as Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates seek to build closer relationship and economic ties.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, who is also the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, extended an invitation to President Buhari as Special Guest at the Eighth Race of the Grand Prix of Union Airways for Formula 1, organised by Abu Dhabi holding this weekend.
Considered as the biggest international sporting event in the Middle East, the race attracts wide global attention, and the presence of several heads of states and governments from across the world.
The weekend race ends the Formula One 2016 season and it will fittingly decide the champion between Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton won the race last year and he may win again if Rosberg has a bad day on Sunday, finishing outside the first three. Rosberg leads Hamilton with 12 points into the final race on Sunday.
President Buhari held bilateral discussions with the Crown Prince during his visit to UAE earlier this year, securing a number of agreements and offers of assistance from the Emirate.
These included helping in the North East with the re-establishment of livelihood for IDPs.
While in Abu Dhabi, Vice President Osinbajo will hold follow-up bilateral discussions on this offer, and other issues of mutual economic and diplomatic concerns.
Prof. Osinbajo, who is accompanied on the weekend trip by his wife, Dolapo and the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Mrs. Khadija Bukar A. Ibrahim left Abuja this afternoon and is expected back on Sunday.