Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari landed in New York on Monday to join other world leaders for the one-week 72nd session of the UN general assembly (UNGA) high-level events starting on Tuesday.
Buhari went in the company of Governors Abdul’aziz Yari, David Umahi and Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo states respectively.
He was received at the JF Kennedy Airport by Geoffrey Onyeama, the minister of foreign affairs, and Tijjani Bande, the permanent representative of Nigeria to the UN.
The president was thereafter welcomed at about 8:30 pm at his lodge by the ministers of solid minerals Kayode Fayemi, education, Adamu Adamu, and industry, trade and investment, Okechukwu Enelamah.
The others were the minister of state for environment, Ibrahim Jibril; his budget and national planning counterpart Zainab Ahmed, presidential aides as well as members of staff of the Nigerian missions in the US.
NAN reports that Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s national statement on Tuesday, the first day of the general debate.
He has been listed as the eighth speaker of the 193 head of states expected to address the general debate of the general assembly.
The theme for this year’s debate is ‘Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet’.
The president will also join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres, and hold a bilateral meeting with the UN chief.
Aside from other high-level engagement, he will have a lunch meeting with US President Donald Trump, along with other world leaders.
Nigeria will also 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 organised by AU under its theme of the Year:‘Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: From Commitment to Action’, among others.
It is expected that the president and members of his delegation will 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, with the need for increased international cooperation in the fight corruption.
Other priorities for the Nigerian delegation at 72nd UN general assembly include strengthening human rights institutions, the rule of law, support for internally displaced persons arising from Boko Haram activities and recent flooding and mitigating the effects of climate change.