President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to deliver his address at the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) next Wednesday.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that this will be the first full in-person meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic, which pushed most addresses to be delivered virtually. But overall numbers have been reduced, with smaller delegations and fewer journalists permitted to cover the event.
The UN’s 193-member states will be provided with a platform and 15 to 20 minutes to address the international community. As is customary, Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro will take the lead on Tuesday, September 20 to begin the proceedings. The United States’ President, Joe Biden will be the second person to address the General Assembly.
After that will be a quick succession of world leaders over the course of the following six days.
President Buhari on Thursday awarded Nigerian citizenship to 286 nationals, calling on them to be good citizens of the country to enjoy all the rights and privileges bestowed on them.
‘You have pledged your allegiance to Nigeria. When you give your love and loyalty to Nigeria, she returns her love and loyalty to you,’ the president told the awardees during an event at the State House.
The president explained that out of the 286 foreign nationals presented with certificates of Nigerian citizenship, 208 received certificates by naturalisation, while 78 got certificates by Registration.
According to a statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, he urged them to make positive and useful contributions to the advancement, progress, and well-being of the different communities they reside, adding that as citizens they must be in accord with the national ethics and code of conduct.
In exercising the constitutional powers conferred on him, by Chapter III Sections 25-31 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), the President told the new citizens that Nigeria is a nation united by the principles of opportunity, equality, and liberty as enshrined in the Constitution.