Buhari to jet out to US for United Nations summit on Monday

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to jet out to the United States of America (USA) on Monday to participate in the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

According to the Presidency in a statement it issued on Friday the meeting is scheduled for between September 19 and 23, in New York, United States.

The statement signed by Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity said President Buhari will deliver Nigeria’s statement at the opening of the General Debate of the Assembly, on the theme: The Sustainable Development Goals: a Universal Push to Transform our World.”

He will also attend a high-level summit, hosted by the UN, on “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants’’.

Adesina stated that the summit, which is the first of its kind organised by the General Assembly at the Heads of State and government level, is expected to come up with a blueprint for a better international response to enhance protection of migrants and refugees.

“While in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders, President Buhari will attend series of meetings as well as side events, which are of significant interest to Nigeria. He will deliver a keynote address on “Taking Climate Action Towards Sustainable Development in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin.

“Leaders of member countries of the Lake Chad Basin will attend this important side event organised by the Nigerian government to highlight the urgent need to mobilise international response to the distressing situation in the Lake Chad Basin, where over nine million people need humanitarian assistance.” Adesina wrote.

He stated that other engagement of the president include attendance of the Clinton Global Initiative as well as the United Nations Private Sector Forum on Business and Global Goals organised by the Secretary General.

He said President Buhari will lead discussions at the United States-Africa Business Forum devoted to investing in Nigeria.

“Before returning to Nigeria, President Buhari will hold bilateral meetings with some world leaders in furtherance of the administration’s commitment in ameliorating the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country.

“The discussions will also focus on the President’s longstanding commitment to returning peace and security in the North-Eastern part of Nigeria, restoring calm to the Niger Delta and attracting more investments to develop critical infrastructure and revamp the Nigerian economy.”

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