- Nigeria's president, Muhammadu Buhari, has been asked to use his leadership position to ensure stability in West Africa
- The call was made 76th session of the United Nations general assembly by Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations
- He urged Buhari to continue to show leadership because he looks up to Nigeria to help stabilise the sub-region
Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his leadership position to ensure stability in West Africa, in terms of democracy and good governance.
According to a statement by Femi Adesina, spokesperson to the president, the UN secretary-general said this at a meeting with Buhari on Friday, at the 76th session of the United Nations general assembly (UNGA) taking place in New York.
“According to the UN scribe, Africa, especially West Africa, was generally seen as an ocean of stability and good governance, but was deeply concerned at recent reversal of fortunes in democratic rule in some parts of the West African sub-region with coups overturning elected institutions,” Adesina said.
“He, therefore, urged President Buhari to continue to show leadership as he looks up to Nigeria to help stabilise the sub-region in terms of democracy and good governance.
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“On terrorism, the secretary-general commended the efforts of Nigeria on this global phenomenon, assuring the Nigerian leader of the United Nations’ continued support in her efforts to address the prevailing security and humanitarian challenges that have arisen, especially with the internally displaced persons.
“He also commended Nigeria’s efforts on climate change, expressing willingness of the world body to cooperate with the country in this regard.
“President Buhari applauded Mr Gutterres for his global leadership and the success of the 76th session. He assured the secretary-general that Nigeria had achieved appreciable successes in tackling the insecurity caused by terrorists and bandits.
“The president also thanked him for the global organisation’s intervention in activities towards reducing the effects of climate change, especially with the support for the Great Green Wall programme, which is aimed at arresting desertification across the Sahel as well as the campaign against deforestation in Nigeria.”
Adesina added that the president also expressed commitment to supporting the UN “towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.
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Presidential spokesman Adesina said the president said this when he held a meeting with Maxima Zorreguieta, Queen of the Netherlands, in the US.
Legit.ng recalls that the federal government had, in August 2019, ordered a closure of the country’s land borders over illegal importation of drugs, arms and agricultural products into Nigeria from neighbouring West African countries.
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The photos were shared by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president on media and publicity on his official Facebook page on Tuesday, September 20.
According to him, the meeting between the duo took place on Monday, September 20, while the Nigerian leader is in US for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).
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The group in a statement signed by its president, Muhammad Matazu described the act as patriotic and appealed to the few who have refused to see the good things happening in the country to have a rethink.
Legit.ng gathered that the participants waved the Nigerian national flags, sported t-shirts, and displayed banners announcing progress made, their commitment to one Nigeria, and a yearning for peace and progress.
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Nigerians at home have dismissed the protesters, claiming most of them are paid to participate.