President Bola Tinubu on Thursday departed New York after attending the 78th session of high-level meetings of the UN General Assembly.
The UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Tinubu, while in New York, participated in some of the high-level events, including a bilateral meeting.
The Nigerian President who arrived in New York on Sunday, was among the leaders who adopted the political declaration to accelerate the 17 goals on Monday at the SDG summit.
Ahead of the opening of the session, Tinubu met with his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss stronger economic and regional ties.
On Tuesday, the President attended the opening of the UN General Debate in the company of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar and the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Amb.Tijjani Muhammad-Bande and the Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila.
Still on Tuesday, Tinubu delivered Nigeria’s statement to the world leaders, affirming democratic governance as the best guarantor of the sovereign will and well-being of the people, saying military coups are wrong.
In his inaugural speech on behalf of Nigeria and Africa, he said Nigeria’s accord with the objectives and guiding principles of the world body: peace, security, human rights and development.
Tinubu, as Chairman of ECOWAS, solicited help to re-establish democratic governance in a manner that addresses the political and economic challenges confronting that nation, including the violent extremists who seek to foment instability in our region.
On Wednesday, he met with some Nigerians in the U.S., where he urged them to change their mindset to succeed.
Tinubu, at the Presidential Town Hall Meeting with Nigerians in the diaspora, urged them to come back home, noting that Nigeria has arrived and that they should forget the frustration of the previous year’s leadership,
After his interaction with Nigerians, he met with the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, where he noted that African nations would start to take appropriate actions against actors that illicitly siphon and smuggle out the continent’s vast mineral resources.
The Nigerian leader told the UN chief that human rights had been used to deter actions against such actors that smuggle out African resources and bring in Western-made weapons.
On Thursday, he rang the bell at the National Association of Securities Dealers Automatic Quotation System (NASDAQ), becoming the first African Head of Government to do so.
The president rang the bell at the world’s financial capital, New York and became the first African President to perform such a task.
NAN reports that the Nigerian delegation participated in other high-level events such as High-level dialogue on Financing for Development; High-level meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response.
In addition, the delegation attended the Climate Ambition Summit, convened by the Secretary-General; the Ministerial meeting of the Summit of the Future; High-level meeting of the Universal Health Coverage,.
Also, the delegation participated in High-level meeting on the fight Against Tuberculosis.
The delegation, made up of 16 ministers, seven governors, the Chief of Staff and some heads of Ministries, Department and agencies (MDAs) also attended other events.
Similarly, the First Lady, Mrs Oluremi Tinubu, spoke at the at the New York 2023 Nigeria Economic Growth and Trade Summit with the theme “Stemming Migration Flows by Providing Basic Needs’’
In the summit organised by Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum on the sidelines of the session, the First Lady called on the diasporas to contribute their quota to the “Renewed Hope Agenda” of President Bola Tinubu’s administration.
She also called on Nigerian youths to have hope in the efforts of the current administration to deliver on the dividends of democracy and provide for their basic needs.
Mrs Tinubu also attended the First Ladies High-Level Forum on the sidelines of the session to commemorate the 2023 United Nations Day of Peace.
The theme of the General Assembly is 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. (NAN)