16 September 2017
By James Ojo
President Muhammadu Buhari will Sunday depart for New York to join other world leaders at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, UNGA 72.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity Mr. Femi Adesina, on Saturday.
According to the President’s spokesman, the high point of the president’s visit to New York would be his participation in the general debate with the theme: “Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable able Planet.”
Highlighting some activities Buhari is expected to carry out during the event, Adesina stated that the president would deliver the country’s national statement during the debate and join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and also hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe.
After this, he added that Buhari would hold a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States along with other world leaders.
According to him, during the General Assembly, Nigeria would participate in high level meetings on ‘Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Building Momentum for Change,’ the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a High Level Event organized by the African Union under its Theme of the Year: ‘Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action,’ among others.
He added 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.
Adesina said Nigeria’s commitment to global peace, security and development would also be reaffirmed and where necessary, the need for increased international cooperation in the fight against corruption.
He listed other priorities for the Nigerian delegation as including strengthening human rights institutions; the rule of law; support for Internally Displaced Persons as a result of terrorist acts and recent flooding as well as mitigating the effects of climate change.
He said the Nigerian delegation would also canvass the support of UN member states for the Buhari Administration’s efforts towards combatting illicit financial flows in order to foster sustainable development.
The President’s spokesman noted that President Buhari would return through London on his way back to Nigeria.