The Presidency has said President Bola Tinubu did not speak at the COP 28 Climate Change Summit in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as planned because it was unnecessary.

You see, after storming the summit with an entourage of 1,411 delegates, President at the end of the day did not address the audience as planned and this has sparked a high level of curiosity from Nigerians.

Why Tinubu Didn’t Speak At COP28 Summit As Planned – FG Explains
Why Tinubu Didn’t Speak At COP28 Summit As Planned – FG Explains

Tinubu was billed to speak at the Summit on Friday alongside other heads of state but did not.


This raised questions about the country’s position at the conference.

However, speaking on the summit’s sidelines over the weekend, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Tuggar, said Nigeria is tired of fancy statements.

To him, Nigeria is now more action-oriented.

Time For Action

Tuggar stated that it is not about just giving fancy speeches but actions.

He said: “Nigeria is 100 per cent for action. The speeches, to be honest, as good as they may be, are mostly a repeat of pledges or promises.

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Nigeria is saying enough is enough; it’s time for action.”


Tuggar said the government wanted a change of attitude towards the conference, away from colourful speeches which are repeated every year with very little progress made.

“The president was in the hall, he waited, he was going to give the speech, he listened.

But he decided, perhaps, that was not the time to give the speech.

There were other engagements that he needed to be involved in that would be more productive.”

Behind-The-Scenes Negotiations

Tuggar said Nigeria is taking the lead in the behind-the-scenes negotiations.

This is to ensure that developed countries responsible for most of the emissions causing global warming compensate developing nations in terms of loss and damage.

The minister also noted that the ongoing climate change conversations tally with Nigeria’s 4D foreign approach, including migration and development.



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