Qatari Authorities Rejected Tinubu’s Investment Visit? Fact Emerges

Qatari Authorities Rejected Tinubu’s Investment Visit? Fact Emerges

  • President Bola Tinubu has been confirmed to be visiting Qatar next month to make business deals with the Qatari authorities
  • Nigeria's minister of foreign affairs made the confirmation while dismissing the claim that the Qatari authority has rejected the move to host the Nigerian president
  • A purportedly leaked memo claimed that Qatar's minister of trade and investment would not be available for President Tinubu's visit

FCT, Abuja - Nigeria's foreign ministry has dismissed the report that Qatar's authorities rejected President Bola Tinubu's offer to visit the country.

On Saturday, February 24, the ministry disclosed that President Tinubu would visit Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, on March 2-3.

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Foreign minister insists Tinubu will visit Qatar in March Photo Credit: Bola Ahmed Tinubu
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A trending memo went viral online, saying the Arabian country was not ready to have a proposed business partnership with Nigeria.

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Qatar leaked memo on rejecting Tinubu's visit

According to the letter, the embassy of Qatar in Nigeria said the request of the Nigerian foreign affairs ministry to have a business talk between Tinubu and the Qatar authority would not be possible, adding that the Arab's ministry of commerce and industry would not be able to host Tinubu, outlining some of its reasons.

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The reason for the rejected reads in part:

"His Excellency, the Minister of Commerce and Industry will be carrying out official missions outside the country during the upcoming visit period…The State of Qatar will be hosting a Web Summit during the suggested period, and the State’s authorities will be preoccupied with this event."

But Nigeria's foreign minister, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, in a statement shared by President Tinubu's special adviser on information and strategy, Bayo Onanuga, dismissed the claim and noted that President Tinubu would be in the Arab country at the scheduled date.

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Tinubu vs Buhari: Number of days spent abroad earlier reported that the number of days spent abroad within his nine months in office has been compared to that of his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari.

According to a BBC report, President Tinubu spent 71 days outside Nigeria in just nine months, while his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, spent 59 days outside Nigeria.

The BBC report explained that though the opposition leader, Atiku Abubakar, had criticised Tinubu, the president needed to travel to make investment deals and strengthen diplomacy.


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