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Presidency Clarifies 1,411 Nigerians with Tinubu in Dubai


Presidency Clarifies 1,411 Nigerians with Tinubu in Dubai

The Presidency has clarified the participation of 1,411 Nigerian delegates, including President Bola Tinubu, at the COP28 in Dubai. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity, Temitope Ajayi, emphasized that not all delegates were sponsored by the federal government. The delegation comprises business leaders, environmentalists, climate activists, and journalists. While Ajayi did not provide the exact number of government-funded delegates, he refuted speculations that around 600 were sponsored. He explained that the attendees, including government officials, private sector representatives, and civil society members, play diverse roles in advancing their respective agendas. Ajayi emphasized that the number of attendees registered against their countries of origin does not imply government sponsorship. Notable figures in the Nigerian delegation include UBA Chairman Tony Elumelu, Abdul Samad Rabiu (Chairman of BUA group), and other philanthropic billionaires. Ajayi underscored the importance of diverse stakeholders in addressing climate change and highlighted the significance of Nigeria’s role in global climate discussions. He noted that the President has been actively engaged in sessions and bilateral meetings to represent Nigeria’s interests at COP28. The clarification aimed to dispel misinformation circulating on social media regarding the Nigerian delegation’s composition and funding sources.


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