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Buhari To Depart For New York, Address World Leaders At UN General Assembly

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will address world leaders at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly where he is scheduled to participate in.

Presidential Spokesman, Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement issued on Saturday.

Adesina said Buhari would depart Abuja on Sunday for New York where the session is expected to open on Tuesday.

Adesina said, “The theme for this year’s UNGA is, ‘Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalise the United Nations’.

“President Buhari will address the Assembly during the general debates on Friday, September 24 when he will speak on the theme of the conference and other global issues.”

In the course of the Assembly, the President and members of the delegation will partake in other significant meetings such as the high-level meeting to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, themed ‘Reparations, Racial Justice, and Equality for People of African Descent’.

“The delegation will also participate in food systems summit; high-level dialogue on energy; and the high-level plenary meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons,” he said.

According to Adesina, Buhari is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with a number of other leaders of delegations and heads of international development organisations while in the U.S.

The presidential spokesman said the president would be accompanied to New York by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.

Also on the President’s delegation are the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno; Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar; Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.

“President Buhari is expected back in the country on Sunday, September 26,” Adesina said.

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