President Buhari Set To depart For The 73rd UN General Assembly In New York


President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday, September 23, travel to to participate in the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly held in New York which officially opened September 18, 2018.

President Buhari will be accompanied by acting chairman EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, Governor Godwin Obaseki, minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of health, Isaac Adewole among others.

The theme for this year’s Session is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”

Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media to President Buhari in a statement on Saturday, September 22, said the highpoint of President Buhari’s participation will be his address on Tuesday, September 25, to the General Assembly on the opening day of the General Debate.

“The president’s presentation of Nigeria’s national statement is expected to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to international peace and security; sustainable socio-economic development; disarmament and denuclearisation; youth and women empowerment; climate change; rule of law and human rights; among others.”

“He is also expected to particularly canvass international support for the fight against corruption; the return of illicit assets; counter-terrorism and insurgency; curbing irregular migration; re-settling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); recharging the receding Lake Chad; and calls for the reform of the United Nations, especially the expansion of the permanent membership of the Security Council to make that vital principal organ of the global organisation reflect regional and equitable geographical representation.”

“The president and his wife, Aisha, will also attend a welcome reception hosted by the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres and his spouse for Heads of State and Government and their spouses. The Nigerian leader and his delegation will participate in a High-Level meeting on the Fight against Tuberculosis organised by the World Health Organisation as Nigeria currently ranks seventh amongst the high TB-burden countries globally, and second in Africa.”

“During the course of his stay in New York, in addition to the audience with the UN Secretary-General, the Nigerian President is also expected to have bilateral meetings with African and world leaders including Bill Gates with a view to promoting national and African interests. He will also grant audience to a select group of Nigerian professionals based in the United States. Apart from his wife, President Buhari will be accompanied by Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma; and the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin. Others on the presidential entourage include: the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede; and the acting chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.”

Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, and 87 other Presidents are expected to address the 73rd Session of the United Nations general assembly. Buhari who is placed as number 20 on the list is expected to deliver Nigeria’s national statement on the date, which is the first day of the general debate of the General Assembly high-level events.


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