Rosberg wins F1 title, Nigeria/UAE strengthen ties

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Nico Rosberg has been crowned the 2016 Formula 1 world champion after finishing second to race winner Lewis Hamilton at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton won the Abu Dhabi GP driving slowly in an attempt to bring other drivers into the battle, knowing he needed Rosberg to finish below third.

Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari was represented in Abu Dhabi by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates seek to build closer relationship and economic ties.

The Crowned Prince of Abu Dhabi, who is also the Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the UAE Armed Forces, Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, extended an invitation to President Buhari as Special Guest at the Eight Race of the Grand Prize of Union Airways for Formula 1, organized by Abu Dhabi holding.

Considered as the biggest international sporting event in the Middle East, the race attracted wide global attention and the presence of several heads of states and governments from across the world.


Earlier in the year, President Buhari held bilateral talks with the Crowned Prince during his visit to the UAE, where he secured a number of agreements and offers of assistance from the Emirate including helping in the North East with the re-establishment of livelihood for IDPs.

While in Abu Dhabi, Vice President Osinbajo held follow-up bilateral discussions on this offer, and other issues of mutual economic and diplomatic concerns.

The Vice President is expected back on Sunday.