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UNGA-76: Buhari returns with “special assignment’’ from World body



UNGA-76: Buhari returns with “special assignment’’ from World body

By Ismaila Chafe

President Muhammadu Buhari is back in Abuja after a busy week of engagement at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, United States of America.

The Nigerian News Agency reports that the Nigerian leader has returned with a special request from UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to help restore socio-political order in African countries of the West in trouble.

Guterres, who praised Buhari for his leadership roles in Africa as well as for stabilizing the West African sub-region, was speaking during an audience with the Nigerian leader on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UNGA.

The UN secretary observed that Africa, especially West Africa, was generally seen as an ocean of stability and good governance, but was deeply concerned about the recent reversal of the democratic situation in some parts of the West African sub-region with coups to overthrow elected institutions. .

He therefore urged Buhari to continue showing leadership as he looks to Nigeria to help stabilize the sub-region in terms of democracy and good governance.

Regarding terrorism, the Secretary General praised Nigeria’s efforts on this global phenomenon.

Guterres assured the Nigerian leader of the continued support of the UN in her efforts to address the security and humanitarian challenges that have arisen in particular with the internally displaced people.

The President congratulated Gutterres on his global leadership and the success of the 76th session.

On September 22, Buhari participated via a video message in the high-level hybrid event, labeled “Transformative Actions for Nature and People”, on the sidelines of the UNGA.

He revealed that the federal government had launched specific actions to combat and reverse the serious trend of biodiversity loss, which is affecting the whole world.

Also in New York, on September 23, Buhari at the Food Systems Summit, as part of the high-level meetings of the 76th session of the UNGA, reaffirmed the federal government’s commitment to achieve national food security.

He said Nigeria has developed a “food system-focused development agenda that prioritizes healthy diets and affordable, inclusive, efficient, resilient and sustainable nutrition, which will help rebuild our economy, create jobs and stimulate growth in all sectors, while preserving our ecosystems ”.

The Nigerian leader, who addressed the 76th session of the United Nations Assembly on September 24, alarmed the recent trend of unconstitutional seizure of power in some West African countries, urging world leaders to reject such illegal acts.

According to Buhari, such unconstitutional takeovers, sometimes in reaction to unilateral constitutional changes by some leaders, should not be tolerated by the international community.

The president warned that the democratic gains of the last decades in West Africa “are now being eroded” because of these negative trends.

He urged the G20 countries to extend their debt suspension initiatives to all developing countries, least developed countries and small island developing states facing fiscal and liquidity challenges.

The president also called for outright debt cancellation for countries facing the most serious challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The speech also touched on his administration’s efforts in the fight against corruption, debt suspension, international trade, reform of the UN Security Council, the Palestinian question and racial discrimination, among others.

While still in New York, Buhari reiterated his administration’s determination to work on an ambitious energy plan aimed at reducing energy deficits by 2030.

He spoke about Nigeria’s role as champion of the global theme for energy transition, the theme of the high-level dialogue on energy on the sidelines of the 76th UNGA.

The President said: “Nigeria’s commitment to a just transition is reflected in our ambitious Energy Pact, which includes the government’s flagship project to electrify 5 million homes and 20 million people using electricity. decentralized solar energy solutions.

Also on the sidelines of the 76th UNGA, Buhari engaged some world leaders, including the President of Burundi; Amb. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Permanent Representative of America to the United Nations; Prime Minister of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte; as well as the Queen of the Netherlands, Her Majesty Maxima Zorreguieta, in bilateral talks.

Also reports that the presidential plane that took off from JFK International Airport in New York on Saturday around 11:40 a.m. local time landed in the presidential wing of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja on Sunday at 5 a.m. 20

Source: NAN

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