President Muhammadu Buhari may have to skip celebration of this year’s Muslim festival of Eid-el-Kabir as he departs Nigeria Thursday for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) beginning in New York, United States of America.
The president is also scheduled to hold a series of meetings and inter- actions with notable world leaders within, and on the sidelines, of the main events of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
A statement signed by Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said President Buhari’s agenda at the UNGA include “talks, deliberations and interactions with the United Nations Secretary- General, Mr. Ban Ki Moon, President Barack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President Vladmir Putin of Russia, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India and others”.
According to him, the meetings will focus on “domestic developmental is- sues, bilateral relations, the war against terrorism, countering violent extrem- ism, the enhancement of global security, peace-keeping operations, climate change and the adoption of a post 2015 global development agenda”.
Adesina also disclosed that Presi- dent Buhari who will be accompanied on the trip by the governors of Sokoto, Kaduna and Niger States alongside the National Security Adviser and the Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Finance, Health, Industry, Trade and Investment who are expectd to join him to deliver Nigeria’s statement to the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly on Monday.
“President Buhari is also scheduled to address the World Leaders Summit on Violent Extremism to which he was personally invited by Mr. Ban Ki Moon during the Secretary-General’s recent visit to Nigeria.
“Also on the President busy sched- ule in New York are a meeting of the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, a High-Level Roundtable on South-South Cooperation organised by President Xi Jinping of China and the United Nations, and participation in the launching of an updated global health strategy for women and children.
“On President Buhari’s schedule too are meetings with former President Bill Clinton of the United States, Mr. Bill Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which is assisting Nigeria in several areas including polio eradication, and former Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain, the United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education who is one of the main drivers of the Safe Schools Initiative”, the statement read in part.
Adesina further stated that the President and his team will be expected back to Abuja on Tuesday next week when he concludes his visit to New York.
– Tony Ailemen, Abuja