President Buhari Returns To Abuja From Japan
Buhari arrives Abuja after attending TICAD7 in Yokohama, Japan (image courtesy: Nigerian Presidency)

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria from Japan, where he participated in the seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD).

Concise News understands that the President’s aircraft, NAF 001, landed at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, by 11.37pm on Saturday.

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The conference themed ‘Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future’, took place from August 28 to 30, 2019.

President Buhari was accompanied by Governors Babagana Zulum of Borno, AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq of Kwara, and Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos.

Ministers and other top government officials were also part of Buhari’s team.

Buhari’s participation was his second, having attended TICAD6 in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2016.

While in Japan, the Nigerian leader pushed for broader Japanese assistance in the areas of science and technology.

Buhari and his delegation also expected to push for assistance in the areas of human resource development, education, agriculture, power, health and disaster risk reduction.

The Conference, formed in 1993, is the largest international meeting held in Japan which “provides an open forum that generates innovative discussion among various stakeholders on African development.”

Participants are drawn not only from African countries, but also international organisations, private companies and civil society organisations involved in development.

The TCAD7 focused on Africa’s “economic transformation and improvements in business environment and institution through private investment and innovation; promotion of resilient and sustainable African society for human security; and peace and stability in support of Africa’s domestic proactive efforts.”

Nigeria has gained tremendously since her participation in TICAD6 at the highest level, during which Japan pledged $30 billion investment “for the future of Africa combined with the private sector;” $10 billion infrastructure investment, and $500 million for vocational training of 50,000 Africans.