President Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday, along with his wife, Aisha, depart for New York to participate in the 73rd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA73) which officially opened Wednesday, September 18.
The theme for this year’s Session is: “Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies.”
Buhari is expected to address the Assembly on Tuesday on the opening day of the General Debate.
In his entourage are Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah; Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udoma Udo Udoma; and the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin.
Others are the National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar; Comptroller-General, Nigeria Immigration Service, Mohammad Babandede; and the Acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu.
The President’s presentation on Tuesday of Nigeria’s National Statement is expected to reaffirm the nation’s commitment to international peace and security; sustainable socio-economic development; disarmament and denuclearisation; youth and women empowerment; climate change; rule of law and human rights; among others.
He is also expected to particularly canvass international support for the fight against corruption; the return of illicit assets; counter-terrorism and insurgency and curbing irregular migration.
The highpoints of Buhari’s visit will be to seek support on issues relating to health, national and global security such as support in re-settling Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs); recharging the receding Lake Chad, expansion of the permanent membership of the Security Council to make that vital principal organ of the global organisation reflect regional and equitable geographical representation and the fight against tuberculosis organised by the World Health Organisation. Nigeria currently ranks seventh amongst the high TB-burden countries globally, and second in Africa.
Other side-events lined up for the Nigerian delegation include: High-Level Meeting on Financing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; World Economic Forum’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit; the Second Annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum; High-Level Meeting on Action for Peace-Keeping; Commemoration and Promotion of the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons; High-Level Meeting on the Third Industrial Development Decade for Africa; and Pathway to Localising a Global Agenda.