President Muhammadu Buhari to attend UN General Assembly in New York

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President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to New York, United States to participate in the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA74).

President Buhari will depart Abuja for New York on Sunday to attend the conference which was declared open on Tuesday, September 17.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President, Femi Adesina.

The President’s participation at this year’s gathering of world leaders coincides with Nigeria’s Presidency of UNGA.

Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande was on June 4, 2019, elected as the President of UNGA74.

This marks the second time Nigeria would be occupying the position following late Major-General Joseph Nanven Garba’s election during UNGA44 in 1989.

The theme for UNGA74 is, “Galvanizing Multilateral Efforts for Poverty Eradication, Quality Education, Climate Action and Inclusion.”

Adesina in the statement added that President Buhari is scheduled as Number Five Speaker on the first day of the debates.

The Nigerian leader is also billed to hold bilateral meetings with some leaders of other delegations; chief executive officers of big companies keen to invest in the country; Aliko Dangote and Bill Gates on sustaining the polio-free campaign as well as issues on human capital projects and development.

Before returning to Abuja at the conclusion of his engagements, President Buhari will meet with a select group of top America-based Nigerian businessmen and potential investors.

The President will be accompanied to New York by Governors Abdullahi Sule, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Adegboyega Oyetola of Nasarawa, Kebbi and Osun States respectively; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Environment, Dr Muhammad Mahmoud; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; and Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire.

Also on the President’s delegation will be Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management & Social Development, Sa’adiya Farouk; Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu; Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu; National Security Adviser, Maj-Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; National Coordinator/CEO, NEPAD, Princess Gloria Akobundu; and Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Mrs Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.