UNGA77: Buhari leaves Nigeria for New York
President Muhammadu Buhari left Abuja on Sunday, September 18, to attend UNGA77 (77th General Assembly of the United Nations) in New York, United States.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Ibrahim Gambari, the president's chief of staff, and some other top government functionaries were present at the airport to bid the president farewell.
A statement issued earlier on Saturday by Femi Adesina, the President'sPresident's spokesman, disclosed that the Nigeria President, Muhammadu Buhari, will take his turn to deliver an address on Wednesday, September 21, which is the second day of the general debates.
Mr Adesina said, "Aside from the president's address, he will also take part in high-level meetings and other side events, which include the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF), convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU); Strengthening Coordination through National Humanitarian Development Peace (NHDP) Framework: A practical approach to sustainable, durable solutions to ensure no one is left behind, organised by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; and the EFCC-NEPAD Programme on combating illicit financial flows."
He continued to say, "President Buhari will also hold bilateral strategic meetings with world leaders, renowned investors, and heads of multinational organisations while in New York."
The 77th session's theme opened on Tuesday, September 13. The theme is: "A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges."
The lead topics of discussion this year at the UNGA include the global energy crisis, climate action, the war in Ukraine, and ending the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UNGA will as well hold a remarkable summit on transforming education.
The people present in the president's entourage are his wife, Aisha Muhammadu Buhari (first lady of Nigeria), Ministers, some governors, and top government officials.
The president is expected to come back to the country on Monday 26, September.
In another development, the country's vice president Yemi Osinbajo left Abuja yesterday Saturday for London to represent the country in the State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
Mr Laolu Akande, the vice president's media assistant, said the vice president would join the Royal Family members, world leaders, and others at the ceremony.