What Buhari might tell world leaders at UN General Assembly

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Geoffrey Onyeama, has revealed the agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari as he travels on Sunday to the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“The President is prepared to tell world leaders that the ingredients for a happy, peaceful country are good governance and a strong economy,” Onyeama hinted.

“If we can get the economy right and we can get the good governance to our people, we believe that most of our problems would be taken care of.

“We are a country of young people; the majority of our population is under the age of 35 and a lot of them are restless.

“They are restless because of economic opportunities and that is why we have the migration issue.

“A lot of the youths are the product of very bad governance over the years and that has deprived the young people of educational opportunities and job opportunities.

“So Mr. President is trying to restructure the country to put in place the bases for good governance.

“Because once you have good governance and your resources are being channeled to where they are supposed to be, which is on development, then you begin to address a lot of issues,” he added.

He said one of the priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 included strengthening human rights institutions and the rule of law.

Onyeama explained that Nigeria is on the Board of the UN Human Rights Council and as such, is doing everything necessary to promote human rights.

According to him, Nigeria is also committed to addressing all issues relating to human rights violations in any forms.

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.

​The​ Nigerian leader ​is billed to have a a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders.

​Buhari, who will be accompanied by the governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi and Ondo States, and key cabinet ministers, will transit through London on his way back to Nigeria.

Unconfirmed report says before leaving for New York, Buhari ​had allegedly issued a matching order to the military ​to weaken Nnamdi Kanu and his group, the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) before he returns from the trip.


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