Buhari to lead Nigerian delegation to UN General Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari addressing World Leaders at the 71st General Assembly of United Nations in New York 7000/21/9/2016/ICE/HB/BJO/NAN
President Muhammadu Buhari addressing World Leaders at the 71st General Assembly of United Nations in New York 7000/21/9/2016/ICE/HB/BJO/NAN

The Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will lead the Nigerian delegation to the 72nd UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

Mr. Onyeama made this known in Abuja on Tuesday when he briefed the newsmen on the conference scheduled to hold from Sept. 12 to September 25.

He said Nigeria would at the meeting, renew its call for international support for the release of remaining Chibok girls.

He said that Nigeria would also call for comprehensive reform of the UN, particularly the Security Council to reflect effective, equitable and fair representation.

“We are absolutely delighted that, as he did last year, Mr. President will be leading the Nigerian delegation to the UNGA in New York,” Mr. Onyeama said.

“That should be an excellent message to the world that Nigeria is engaged at the very highest level with the international community and it is present in the big and global issues of the day.

“Of course, when we attend UNGA we always have clear objectives of what we want to get out of it for the country.

“We are always keen that Nigeria’s priorities and interests are really pushed and our objectives are achieved.”

According to him, under the leadership of President Buhari the 2017 UNGA will be no exception as the delegation will engage robustly with the international community.

He said that the 2017 UNGA provided a high level window of opportunity to advance Nigeria’s actions toward the promotion of peace and fervent implementation of SDGs.

He said Nigeria would pursue its agenda in line with the theme for the session “Focusing on people: Striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet”

Mr. Onyeama said that Nigeria would seek the support of the international community in eradicating the residual traces of terrorism from the northeast of the country.

“Government’s efforts have resulted in the release of over 80 schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Chibok in 2014,” the minister said.

“We will call for continued international support to ensure the safe release and return of the remaining Chibok girls.”

He said that Nigeria would also reiterate call for the repatriation of the proceeds of illicit financial assets to countries of origin.

He said that Nigeria at the 2016 UNGA co-sponsored the resolution on repatriation of illicit financial assets to countries of origin.

“At the 72nd Session, the country will follow-up on this resolution and call for international cooperation to combat illicit flows and enhance asset recovery to foster sustainable development.

“Nigeria will also advocate for the eradication of poverty through partnerships which focus attention on people and planet in line with SDG Goal 1

“In this connection Nigeria will call for the continued support and cooperation of the international community to achieve this goal,” the minister said.

According to him, Nigeria will seize the opportunity to take stock of the progress and achievement it has made since the adoption of the global agenda.

He said that Nigeria was keen on the reformation of the UN, particularly the Security Council, to reflect an even-handed and fair representation.

“The UN must scale up its process of change and reform to strengthen its delivery capacity to meet new demands and deliver its vital services in most effective and efficient manner.

“The contemporary call for the reform of the UN Security Council is for a transparent, accountable Council. To this effect, Nigeria will call for the comprehensive reform of the UN.

“Africa must be adequately represented on the Security Council in the Permanent membership category. In this regard, Nigeria stands ready to serve Africa and the world in advancing international peace and security,” he said.



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  • Ifeajekwu Chuks

    If this actually will be the presentation of Nigeria at the UNGA, the FG should be asked to begin such reform at home by including the left out regions in the scheme of things including in the current security formations otherwise it becomes a pure case of hypocrisy .

    • princegab

      Oliver asking for more

  • Sarah

    Bihari should stay home and personally oversee the suppression of all secessionIST groups. He should also create a framework for the discussions to precede restructuring.



      • Sarah

        Your particular case is being treated by a junior officer of our Army.


          Tell them to hurry up.

          • Julius

            Stop hiding and confront them. The children and the women get more liver than you and you and kanu keep sending them out against the soldiers. God dey see ooo !!

        • Julius

          lolz, NDA student !

      • Julius

        Where is your emperor..no be im say he will confront anybody or soldiers wey step in biafraud ? He dey hide ? Lmaoooo!!

    • Julius




  • 0tile

    How can this headless imp lead a delegation of human beings to UN? Who can understand him read the scripts they wrote for him? Buhari is a disgrace.

    • Julius

      How come biafraud is not sending their own delegate ?


    Trump should organize to have this muslim terrorist arrested for the ICC for killing many unarmed civilians, for committing a coup d’état in 1983, for so many crimes against humanity, including torture, death of FELA KUTI, and so on…

    This guy should not be allowed in the comity of civilized nations, no matter what Britain says and does!

    • Julius

      Again, stop being ignorant. Buhari was at the last UN meetings and I believe he also address the UN delegates. He wasn’t arrested then. Must you rant just for ranting sake or you just don’t know what you are talking about?,, Like Trump would say… SAD !!

    • aisha ani

      This does not make sense.

  • Iskacountryman

    someone hates buhari…

    • Julius

      lolz, u r kidding !…lmaooo.

      • Iskacountryman

        why would anyone subject a sickly 76 year old choleric to a 12 hour plane journey?

  • ed

    President Buhari is reportedly going to New York to ask for more money for Boko Haram terrorist that he had just paid millions of dollars for the release of few of the kidnapped Chibok schools girls.
    President Trump is not Obama that supported Islamic caliphate sharia agenda.
    Someone should tell President Buhari that there is change in Washington DC.
    United Nations maybe politely ignored him.

    • Cornelius Jelili Ajibola Olanr

      You’re probably dreaming or has been asleep for the past one month, the same Donald Trump government just sold 12-super attack and highly sophisticated fighter aircraft to PMB government on this boko haram issue, and possibly with extension to Ipob, cattle rustlers and violent cattle herdsmen. So stay in touch to watch actions instead of thinking backwards

      • ed

        Stay awake.

    • Julius

      But, Trump spoke to Buhari after his inauguration as the president of the United States. Moron, the UN invited him to speak at the gathering…abi your biafraud press didn’t report that. Lmaooo !!

  • Julius

    I don’t believe this announcement. Otile said the man is dead, Tawanda said what we are seeing is a body double and kanu, their emperor said the man is not even in Nigeria. This is fake news and so, the biafraudians must separate.