Nigeria President Buhari travels to attend UNGA 77 in New York

FILE PHOTO: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari waves as he gets into the presidential plane after addressing troops at the Air Force base in Maiduguri on December 23, 2021. (Photo by Audu MARTE via CFP)
FILE: Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari waves as he gets into the presidential plane after addressing troops at the Air Force base in Maiduguri on December 23, 2021. /CFP

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari departed Abuja on Sunday for New York, where he will join other world leaders for the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

This is Buhari’s final engagement at the Assembly as Head of State, as he is scheduled to leave office after Nigeria’s February elections.

The 79-year-old is scheduled to deliver his national statement on the second day of the General Debates on September 21.

Scheduled to run until September 27, this year’s UNGA will take place against a backdrop of complex, interconnected crises.

Conflicts, climate change, and COVID-19 have exacerbated inequality, poverty, and hunger across the planet, particularly among the most vulnerable populations.

Africa has particularly taken a hit from the impacts of the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine.

The continent’s leaders who will be present in New York are expected to use the platform to continue the push for greater involvement in international affairs and consideration in global efforts to solve some of the crises.

During his stay in New York, President Buhari will also participate in other high-level meetings and side events, including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF), convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding.

He is also scheduled to hold strategic bilateral meetings with world leaders, investors and heads of multinational organizations.

President Buhari has been accompanied on his trip by First Lady Aisha Buhari, governors, ministers and other top government officials.

The President is expected back in the country on September 26.