By Festus Fifen.
President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday depart Abuja for New York, to join other world leaders at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72).
In a statement by The Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the President Mr. Femi Adesina, The high point of the President’s visit will be his participation in the General Debate during which he will deliver the country’s National Statement.
According to the 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.”
In the course of his stay in the United States, President Buhari will also 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.
Equally, the Nigerian leader will hold a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders.
Some of the high Leveled meetings the President will partake in During the General Assembly includes, ‘Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Building Momentum for Change,’ the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a High Level Event organized by the African Union under its Theme of the Year: ‘Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action,’ among others.
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.
The statement also added that 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.
The President will be accompanied by the governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo States, and key cabinet ministers.
President Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country.