By Cecilia Ologunagba
New York, Sept 26, 2022
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday left New York for Abuja, after successful conclusion of an eventful outing at the 77th session high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly.
The President has returned to Abuja, the Federal Capital.
The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Buhari, while in New York, participated in no fewer than 12 High level events, including bilateral meetings.
The Nigerian President who arrived New York on Sept. 18 attended the opening of Transforming Education Summit on Monday, Sept 19 ahead of the General Debate and attended Leaders Roundtable segment of the Summit where he delivered Nigeria’s statement.
Still on Transforming Education Summit, the President spoke to the thematic session four: digital transformation of Education where he pledged inclusive digital learning for students in Nigeria.
On Tuesday, the President attended the opening of the UN General Debate in the company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama and Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande.
Others were the Chief of Staff the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Hajia Zainab Shamsuna-Ahmed and Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajia Sadiya Umar Farouq.
On Wednesday, Buhari was the first speaker to deliver Nigeria’s statement to the world leaders, assuring them of leaving lasting legacies and restated commitment to Constitutional term.
In his farewell reflection, he told the global body that his administration was determined to entrench a process of free, fair, transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians would elect their leaders.
On Thursday, Buhari reiterated Nigeria’s strong commitment to energy transition Plan to address climate change at a Leaders’ Closed-Door Meeting on Climate Change convened by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.
On Friday, the Nigerian leader inaugurated the Integrated National Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development (NIFF), and attended a High-Level side event on “Food Security Response: Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development.”
He also attended an event hosted by the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, entitled “Strengthening Resilience and Sustaining Development: A Humanitarian Development Peace Approach to Leaving No One Behind.”
Same Friday, Buhari held bilateral talks with Prime Minister of Ireland, Micheal Martin, where he discussed the renewed efforts of the Nigerian military to address insecurity in the country.
Wrapping up his engagement on Saturday, he held a town hall meeting with Nigerians residing in New York, where he commended Nigerians living in the U.S. for the exemplary roles in their different fields of endeavour.
NAN reports that the Nigerian delegation participated in other high-level events such as Africa’s New Public Health Order: Rejuvenating the Global Health Security Agenda and High Level Meeting on Multilateralism.
In addition, the delegation attended UN High-Level meeting to mark the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistics.
The delegation, made up of 15 ministers, seven governors and some heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), also attended other events.
Similarly, the First Lady, Mrs. Aisha Buhari, organised a side event under the auspices of the African First Ladies’ Peace Mission (AFLPM) with the theme “The Role of Young Women and Girls in Advancing Peace and Security: Promoting a Culture of Peace in Fragile Settings’’.
At the event, Aisha Buhari, the President of AFLPM, advocated mandatory inclusion of peace education in curriculum of basic education of schools in Africa to promote the culture of peace in the continent.
The General Debates, which started on Tuesday, Sept. 20 with the theme: “Watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges,’’ is expected to end on Tuesday, Sept. 27.
No fewer than 150 leaders attended the gathering, which is the first fully in-person session since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.
Nigeria has been a member of the UN since 1961 and has been participating in various General Assembly activities since then.
The UN General Assembly is the most representative and most visible organ of the United Nations where all the 193-member states have equal representation.
The Assembly is also one of the six principal organs of the UN, the main deliberative and policy-making organ of the United Nations.
Its powers are to oversee the budget of the UN, appoint the non-permanent members to the Security Council and appoint the Secretary-General of the UN.
It also receives reports from other parts of the UN and makes recommendations in the form of Resolutions, as well as establish numerous subsidiary organs.