President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja for New York, United States, to participate in the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76) on Sunday.
This was announced in a statement issued by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, on Saturday.
This year’s UNGA, which has as its theme: “Building Resilience Through Hope –- To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalise the United Nations”, began on 14 September.
According to the presidential aide, President Buhari would address the Assembly during the General Debates on Friday, September 24, when he will speak on the theme of the conference and other global issues.
The statement read: ”In the course of the Assembly, the Nigerian leader and members of the delegation will partake in other significant meetings such as; The High-Level Meeting to Commemorate The Twentieth Anniversary of the Adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action on the theme “Reparations, Racial Justice and Equality for People of African Descent.”
”The delegation will also participate in Food Systems Summit; High Level Dialogue on Energy; and The High Level Plenary Meeting to commemorate and promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons.”
The statement added that the president would also hold bilateral meetings with some leaders of delegations and heads of international development organisations.
“He will be accompanied to New York by minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; attorney general and minister of justice Abubakar Malami (SAN); and Minister of State for Environment, Sharon Ikeazor.
“Also on the President’s delegation are National Security Adviser, Maj Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on SDGs, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire.
“President Buhari is expected back in the country on Sunday, September 26,” the statement read.