Breaking: President Buhari Bids Goodbye to New York After 76th UNGA
- After participating in the 76th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), President Buhari has departed the United States
- Buhari's airforce plane took off from the JFK International Airport, New York, for Abuja on Saturday, September 25
- Femi Adesina, presidential spokesman in a statement had earlier noted that the president is expected back in the country on Sunday, September 26
President Muhammadu Buhari has departed New York for Abuja after a susccessful outing at the 76th United Nations General Assembly.
Buhari’s departure was disclosed by the presidency in a post shared on Facebook by Buhari Sallau, personal assistant on broadcast media.
This is coming a day after the president addressed world leaders at the UN headquarters.
The Nigerian leader on Saturday, September 25, left for the JFK International Airport, New York, at 11 am (local time) and is expected to arrive Nigeria on Sunday, September 26.
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The president was seen off by members of his delegation such as the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Attorney General of the Federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, and minister of state for environment, Sharon Ikeazor.
Others include the National Security Adviser, Retired Major General Babagana Monguno, the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ambassador Ahmed Abubakar, amongst others.
During his one-week stay in New York, the president attended the UN Food Systems Summit and held a series of meetings with other leaders of delegations.
It would be recalled that the president arrived the United States ahead of the UNGA general debate which started on Tuesday, September 21.
UN secretary-general gives President Buhari important assignment
Earlier, Antonio Guterres, secretary-general of the United Nations urged President Buhari to use his leadership position to ensure stability in West Africa, in terms of democracy and good governance.
According to a statement by the 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.
Adesina added that the president also expressed commitment to supporting the UN “towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.