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UNGA 78: President Tinubu set to address General Assembly

by Haruna Gimba

By Asmau Ahmad

Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu is set to address world leaders at the ongoing 78th session of the high-level General Debate of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN headquarters in New York.

The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tinubu, in his first outing to the Assembly, will be addressing world leaders on Tuesday.

The Nigerian president would deliver his statement around 6.00pm (11.00 pm Nigerian time) to the world leaders.

He will speak to the theme of the 78th session of the UNGA: “Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all.”

Tinubu’s address will also encompass several issues such as sustainable development, climate change, global cooperation, and the imperative to address inequalities and global humanitarian crises.

Tinubu arrived in New York on Sunday and was received by the Minister of Foreign of Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, AmbassadorTijjani Muhammad-Bande, and Maj.-Gen. Dangana Allu, Nigeria’s Defence Attache, Washington D.C.

Tinubu’s reception was a departure from the usual tradition where officials would line up at the airport to welcome the president.

This time, only three officials were there at the airport to receive the president with the other Nigerian officials stationed at the UN Plaza Millenium Hilton Hotel to welcome him.

Those at the hotel to welcome him were Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Uzoma Emenike; Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Ambassador Lot Egopija; and Consul General in Atlanta, Ambassador Amina Samaila.

Others are; Akwa Ibom State Governor, Umo Eno; Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo; Governor Uba Sani of Kaduna; Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe; and Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq of Kwara, among others.

Nigerian leader has attended the SDGs submit and other events on the sidelines of the event and is slated to be the fifth African leader to speak on Tuesday.

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