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Friday, 15 September 2017

Buhari set for New York trip; to dine with Trump

•President Buhari


President Muhammadu Buhari will depart Abuja
on Sunday for New York, to join other world
leaders at the 72nd Session of the United
Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72).
He will also have a lunch meeting with President
Donald Trump, during the trip.
According to a statement by Femi Adesina, the
special adviser on media and publicity, the high
point of the President’s visit will be his
participation in the General Debate during which
he will deliver the country’s National Statement.
The theme for this year’s Debate is: “Focusing
on People: Striving for Peace and a Decent Life
for All on a Sustainable Planet.”
President Buhari will join other world leaders at
the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN
Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and also
hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe.
Equally, the Nigerian leader will hold a lunch
meeting with President Donald Trump of the
United States of America, along with other world
leaders.
During the General Assembly, Nigeria will
participate in high level meetings on ‘Prevention
of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Building
Momentum for Change,’ the Commonwealth
Heads of Government Meeting, a High Level
Event organised by the African Union under its
Theme of the Year: ‘Roadmap on the
Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to
Action,’ among others.
At the events, President Buhari and members of
his delegation will strive to project Nigeria as a
strong moral force and responsible member of
the international community.
Nigeria’s commitment to global peace, security
and development will also be reaffirmed and
where necessary, the need for increased
international cooperation in the fight against
corruption.
Other priorities for the Nigerian delegation at
UNGA 72 include strengthening human rights
institutions; the rule of law; support for Internally
Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of terrorist
acts and recent flooding, and mitigating the
effects of Climate Change.
The Nigerian delegation will also canvass the
support of UN member states for the Buhari
Administration’s efforts towards combatting illicit
financial flows in order to foster sustainable
development.
The President will be accompanied by the
governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo States,
and key cabinet ministers.
President Buhari will transit through London on
his way back to the country.


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