The Nation’s number one citizen, who is expected to speak after the leaders of Brazil, the United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Jordan, and Slovakia at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the United States will depart the Nigeria on Sunday and transit through London when returning back to the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari will transit through London on his way back to Nigeria after attending the 72nd Session of the UNGA in New York, the Presidency has announced.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.
Mr. Adesina, however, did not disclose why the President is transiting through London on his way back home or when he will be back in Nigeria.
The high point of the President’s UN engagement will be his participation in the General Debate during which he will 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.”
President Buhari will 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. A lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders is also on the agenda.
At the events, President Buhari and members of his delegation will 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.
The Nigerian delegation will 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.
Buhari will be accompanied by the governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo States, and key cabinet ministers.