UNGA: Buhari travels to New York Sunday

Fri, Sep 15, 2017 | By publisher



PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari is to leave Abuja on Sunday for New York to join other world leaders at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA 72. The President’s Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.

Adesina said the President would during the visit, participate in the General Debate where he was expected to deliver the country’s National Statement. The theme for this year’s Debate is: “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet.”

He said Buhari would also join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. The special adviser said the the president would also hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe. “Equally, the Nigerian leader will hold a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders.”

According to the presidential aide, during the General Assembly, Nigeria will participate in high level meetings on ‘Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Building Momentum for Change’. He said Nigeria would participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a high level event organized by the African Union under its Theme of the Year: Roadmap on Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action, among others.

Adesina said that at the events, President Buhari and members of his delegation would strive to project Nigeria as a strong moral force and responsible member of the international community. “Nigeria’s commitment to global peace, security and development will also be reaffirmed and where necessary, the need for increased international cooperation in the fight against corruption.

“Other priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 include strengthening human rights institutions; the rule of law; support for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of terrorist acts and recent flooding, and mitigating the effects of climate change,” he added.

Adesina said the Nigerian delegation would also canvass support of UN member states for the Buhari Administration’s efforts towards combatting illicit financial flows to foster sustainable development. He said the president would be accompanied by the governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo States and key cabinet ministers. “President Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country.” – NAN

– Sept 15, 2017 @ 16:42 GMT |