By Ismaila Chafe, Abuja.
President Muhammadu Buhari has departed Abuja on Sunday to attend the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA77) in New York, United States of America.
The President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and some top government functionaries were at the airport to bid farewell to the president.
A statement earlier issued by the president’s spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Saturday, said the Nigerian leader would address the UNGA on Sept. 21.
“Aside his National Statement, the president will also participate in high-level meetings and side events, including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF),’’ he said.
The forum is convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding.
Adesina added that the president would also participate in the EFCC-NEPAD programme on combating illicit financial flows.
“President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders, renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York,’’ he said.
The theme for the 77th session of UNGA, which opened on Tuesday, Sept. 13, is: “A watershed moment: Transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.”
Key topics of discussion at the UNGA this year include the war in Ukraine, the global energy crisis, climate action and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UNGA will also hold a special summit of transforming education.
On the entourage of the president are his wife, Aisha, some governors, ministers and top government officials.
The president is expected back in the country on Monday, Sept. 26.