The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has announced the reappointed of former Nigerian Minister, Amina Mohammed for a second term in office as the Deputy Secretary-General of the body.
The 60-year-old was Nigeria’s Minister of Environment from 2015 to 2016 before resigning to take up the UN appointment.
Her reappointment was announced in a press statement by the UN on Monday and she officially resumed on Tuesday, Naija News reports.
Accepting her reappointment, Ms Mohammed wrote on Twitter, “I am deeply humbled to serve a second term as UN Deputy Secretary-General alongside @antonioguterres.”
“I begin this new term as a proud Nigerian woman with renewed hope in human solidarity and determination to keep the promise of the #SDGs. We will leave no one behind.”
Reacting to the development, President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement on Tuesday by his special adviser on media and publicity, Femi Adesina felicitated Ms. Mohammed, describing her as an inspiration to many women in Nigeria, Africa, and the global community.
He also appreciated Mr. Guterres for considering the Nigerian for reappointment.
Buhari wished Ms. Mohammed well as she settles down to duty again.
The statement reads: “President Muhammadu Buhari warmly felicitates with UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, on her re-appointment for a second term, assuring of the prayers and support of Nigerians, especially the Federal Executive Council, where she served for some years.
“The President sends deepest appreciation to the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, for the confidence reposed on the former Minister of the Environment, giving her another opportunity to serve the global body and humanity, which further enhances the voice and presence of Nigeria.
“President Buhari notes that Mohammed’s dedication to duty has always been exceptional, and her interest in improving the livelihood of people, through personal and institutional efforts, continues to stand her out, affirming that the UN Deputy Secretary General remains an inspiration to many women in Nigeria, Africa and the global community.
“The President joins family, friends and associates of the renowned technocrat and diplomat in celebrating the well-deserved re-appointment, wishing her all the best on the next rung of the leadership ladder.”