Geoffrey Onyeama, the Foreign Affairs Minister, has said on Tuesday, that Nigeria’s delegation to the 73rd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, which begins Sept. 18 will be led by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The 73rd UNGA commence Sept. 18 at the UN Headquarters, New York, while the General Debate will hold from Sept. 25 to Oct. 1.
The Minister, in a News Conference on the 72rd UNGA, in Abuja on Tuesday said Mr President would use the opportunity to promote Nigeria’s position on global issues.
“It an opportunity for him to assert Nigeria’s position globally and to put forward our ideas and our vision going forward as a global community.
“The President will address the 73rd Session of the High-Level General Debate of the UN General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 25.
“He will deliver Nigeria’s National Statement on the first day of the general debate of the General Assembly high-level events,” he said.
According to NAN, out of the 193 world leaders that would address the Assembly, President Buhari is the number 20th on the list.
He would deliver the address to the Assembly on the first day between 8.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. (between 1.00 a.m. and 2.00 a.m. local time).
Onyeama said the theme for this year’s UNGA is:“Making the United Nations relevant to all People: Global Leadership and shared responsibilities for peaceful, equitable and sustainable development “.
He revealed that some ministers, heads of agencies and permanent secretary, will accompany the president to the event.
“Of course, this is the global meeting of heads of state in the world.
“It is extremely important and it is a rare opportunity for Nigeria as a country to engage with the other countries of the world,” he said.
According to him, Mr President will hold bilateral meetings with the UN Secretary-General, some African and other world leaders, as well as few strategic partners during this period.
“Nigeria’s expected outcome at the 73rd UNGA should be to achieve a well-planned, synchronised and successful participation of Nigeria at the 73rd Session, under the guidance of Mr President.
“It will be weighed against the back drop of externalisation of Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives through effective engagement,” he said.