Yemi Osinbajo begins three-day Canada state visit

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria's vice president, left Abuja on Sunday for a three-day state visit to Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s vice president, left Abuja on Sunday for a three-day state visit to Ottawa, the capital of Canada.

This would be the first state visit by a Nigerian leader to Canada since President Olusegun Obasanjo’s trip there in 2000 when the country hosted the Nigerian leader. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, signed the statement.

The statement’s title is “Osinbajo to make first high-level visit in 20 years.”

Prof. Osinbajo will meet with Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and other key lawmakers and members of the Canadian government in Ottawa tomorrow, further strengthening diplomatic ties between Nigeria and Canada.

The three-day visit will also include the following:

  • Discussions and events centered on climate justice.
  • Technological innovation in the arts.
  • Addressing inequality in the distribution of global warming impacts.

As an illustration, on Wednesday, the Vice President will deliver a speech to the public at Queen’s University in Kingston. Queen’s University, founded in 1841, “is one of Canada’s leading research-intensive academic institutions and is famous for its role in advancing the goals of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” the statement read in part.

Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, will host the Vice President before he gives his public talk. The university has long-standing partnerships with several Nigerian universities and is working to strengthen those ties in areas including research and curriculum.

The Vice President will also meet with prominent Nigerian-Canadians, such as actors and directors from Nollywood and high-ranking government officials who emigrated to Canada from Nigeria.

Canadian business leaders and investors, particularly those in the arts and IT sectors, will be among those he speaks with.

There has been a steady state of friendly relations between Nigeria and Canada. A Bi-National Commission exists between Canada and Nigeria since Nigeria is Canada’s most important trading partner in Africa.

The Vice President is scheduled to return to Abuja later this week.