President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday departed Japan for Nigeria after a successful participation in the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7).
Naija News reports that Buhari had last Sunday departed Abuja for Japan to participate in his second TICAD summit.
With the theme, “Africa and Yokohama, Sharing Passion for the Future,” the Opening Session of TICAD7 was performed by the Japanese Prime Minister and host, Shinzo Abe.
The president delivered Nigeria’s statement during Plenary Session Three in which he appraised Nigeria-Japan relations and takeaways from TICAD6.
He also attended a State Banquet and also honoured the invitation of Emperor Naruhito to a Tea Reception at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo.
In addition to a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Abe, the Nigerian President attended some side-events and meet chief executive officers of some Japanese companies with huge investments in Nigeria.
Formed in 1993, the now triennial TICAD, which has been convened alternately in Japan and Africa since TICAD6, according to the organisers, is the largest international conference 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.