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Nigeria and Brazil are exploring the possibility of establishing direct flight operations between Lagos and São Paulo, in a bid to strengthen bilateral relations and boost trade between the two nations.

The move comes following discussions between Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, and Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, during the 37th Ordinary Session of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

President Tinubu emphasized Nigeria’s readiness to break barriers hindering progress, stating, “The economic potential of Nigeria is enormous. We are ready to break all the walls standing in our way to progress.”

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Both leaders expressed their commitment to deepening ties across various sectors, including solid mineral exploration, healthcare, and agriculture.

President Tinubu highlighted his administration’s focus on critical sectors such as healthcare, education, and agriculture, aiming to ensure the welfare of Nigerians and foster sustainable economic prosperity.

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President Lula da Silva stressed the historical ties between the two countries, lamenting the decline in trade volume from over $10 billion to $1.6 billion. He emphasized the need for stronger relations, calling for collaboration in academia, culture, commerce, agriculture, and industry.

Expressing urgency in revitalizing relations, Lula da Silva noted the absence of direct flights between Lagos and São Paulo, describing it as “meaningless.” He urged both nations to find solutions, highlighting potential collaborations in the aviation and manufacturing sectors.

President Tinubu affirmed Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing ties with Brazil, stating, “We are stopping at nothing to remove all encumbrances to business. Red tape is being shredded around us.” He emphasized Nigeria’s efforts in fighting corruption and implementing reforms to attract investments.

The proposed direct flight link and a renewed commitment to collaboration signify a new chapter in the longstanding relations between Nigeria and Brazil. As both nations work towards overcoming challenges and harnessing opportunities, the potential for mutually beneficial partnerships remains promising.

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