After successfully participating in the 77th session of the high-level sessions of the UN General Assembly in New York, the United States, President Muhammadu Buhari left for Abuja on Monday morning.
The presidential plane carrying the president and other members of the entourage landed at the Presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at around 6.25 a.m., according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
President Buhari attended 12 high-level events while in New York, including bilateral meetings.
Prior to the General Debate on September 19, Buhari attended the Transforming Education Summit’s opening ceremony. He also attended the Summit’s Leaders Roundtable, where he made a statement on behalf of Nigeria.
On Wednesday, the Nigerian president was also the first speaker to deliver Nigeria’s speech to the world leaders, assuring them of the country’s dedication to its constitutional mandate and to leave enduring legacies.
He declared to the international organisation that his government was committed to establishing a system of free, fair, transparent, and credible elections through which Nigerians would choose their leaders.
Alongside the 77th session of the UN General Assembly, the president held a number of bilateral discussions with several international leaders.
In a meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the prime minister of Greece, Buhari pushed for further cooperation between Nigeria and that country in the fields of non-oil and gas, security, and health.
He emphasised the value of education and information, but added that the time had come to start considering realistic strategies for dealing with unforeseen health issues.
The president also urged for increased private sector involvement in Nigeria’s humanitarian sector on Friday in New York.
Buhari took the decision in the midst of ongoing COVID-19-related issues, severe weather occurrences, and conflicts.
The Nigerian leader also emphasised the importance of effective coordination amongst all parties participating in disaster relief and catastrophe mitigation in the nation.
Buhari encouraged African leaders to fight corruption tenaciously during a high-level side event on “Food Security Response: Combating Illicit Financial Flows and Securing Asset Returns for Sustainable Development.”
Speaking on efforts to fight corruption on the continent as the African Union Champion, the president bemoaned the fact that the threat of corruption has kept the continent at the bottom of the global development index.
The African Union DevelopmentBuhari Set To Address 77th UN General Assembly On Wednesday Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission co-hosted the event, which took place on September 24 in conjunction with UNGA77 (EFCC).
The Nigerian leader expressed his opinions on the effects of corruption on the continent and the way forward, saying it was an honour to hold the position of AU Champion on anti-corruption since 2018.
The Integrated National Financing Framework (INFF) for Sustainable Development for Nigeria was launched by Buhari on Friday as well.
Africa Daily News, New York