Abuja, Nigeria. Sept 17th: Presidential Spokesman, Bashir Ahmad, has announced on Twitter today that Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has flown out of Abuja on his way to New York and London. This is in line was a press statement released on Friday by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity), which confirmed that the Nigerian President will leave Nigeria on Sunday, September 17th for New York and London.
Here is the full text of the statement:
“President Muhammadu Buhari departs Abuja Sunday for New York, to join other world leaders at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72).
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 Saxual Exploitation and Abuse: Building Momentum for Change,’ the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a High Level Event organized 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.”
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari recently returned to the country after more than three months in the UK for medical treatment for an undisclosed “health challenge”. The 74-year-old left for London on May 7. His prolonged absence caused tensions back home where calls have grown for him to either return or resign. That was Buhari’s second break for medical leave in London this year after a first that began in January and lasted nearly two months, a combined total of 153 days in London this year for medical vacation.
He has been working from home since his return because according to his spokesman, rats ate his office while he was away on medical vacation (cough, cough).
Photo: Nigeria President Buhari
His main opponents in the 2015 election that brought him to power claimed he had prostate cancer. He has denied that claim.
The health of Nigeria’s leaders has been a sensitive issue since the 2010 death in office of President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua after months of treatment abroad. Buhari’s four-year term ends in 2019.