Nigerian President Buhari to push for UN reforms at 72nd General Assembly

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Nigeria’s foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama has confirmed that President Muhammadu Buhari will lead the country’s delegation at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

“We are absolutely delighted that, as he did last year, Mr. President will be leading the Nigerian delegation to the UNGA in New York,” Mr. Onyeama said.

“That should be an excellent message to the world that Nigeria is engaged at the very highest level with the international community and it is present in the big and global issues of the day,” he added.

Buhari will reportedly renew his government’s call for international support for the release of the Chibok girls.

The Nigerian president will also reportedly be pushing for comprehensive UN reform, specifically with regard to the Security Council.

“The contemporary call for the reform of the UN Security Council is for a transparent, accountable Council. To this effect, Nigeria will call for the comprehensive reform of the UN,” the FM said.

This will be President Buhari’s first foreign trip since his return from a lengthy London stay, where he had sought medical care for an undisclosed illness.

The president spent more than 100 days in the U.K., his second medical leave there. The first saw him spend more than two months away.