- The vice president of Nigeria, Kashim Shettima, has left the shores of the country to represent President Bola Tinubu
- Shettima departed Abuja on Monday, August 21, for South Africa to attend the 15th BRICS Summit of Heads of State and Government
- The VP will join other world leaders at the summit scheduled to hold in Johannesburg from Tuesday, August 22, to Thursday, August 24
State House, Abuja - Vice President Kashim Shettima departed Nigeria to attend an important event on Monday, August 21.
BRICS is an acronym for a group of five major emerging and developing economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
According to a statement released by Olusola Abiola, director of information, office of the vice president, Shettima will be joining other business and political leaders across the world at the Summit scheduled for the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg from August 22 to 24, The Nation reported.
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According to the statement, notable leaders expected to attend the event include South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the host; President Xi Jinping of China; Brazil’s president, Luiz Lula da Silva and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Seventy-three others, including the Secretary-General of the United Nations, chairperson of the African Union Commission and President of the New Development Bank, are also invitees, The Guardian report added.
Shettima departed Nigeria, a few hours after attending the inauguration of the 45 ministers that would head key ministries under President Tinubu's government.
President tasks 45 newly sworn-in ministers
In a bid to reboot his three-month-long administration, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given a fresh directive to the newly sworn-in ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Tinubu, during the inauguration of the ministers-designate in Abuja, on Monday, August 21, charged them to prioritise the national interests and shun regional or state-specific considerations.
Tinubu urged the 45 newly sworn-in ministers to work towards facilitating the delivery of objectives that underpin the renewed hope agenda of his administration.
Tinubu absent as Shettima presides over NEC meeting
Legit.ng reported earlier that Vice-President Kashim Shettima, on Thursday, August 17, presided over the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting at the presidential villa.
It would be the third NEC meeting of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's government.
The meeting is on the heels of the rapid inflation and hardship caused by the federal government's economic policies.