COP26: Buhari Takes The Shine As American Billionaire Jeff Bezos Hails Him

COP26: Buhari Takes The Shine As American Billionaire Jeff Bezos Hails Him

  • American billionaire and the founder of Amazon has described President Muhammadu Buhari's leadership role as exemplary
  • Jeff Bezos said the president has done well in restoring lands across Nigeria in line with the Great Green Wall initiative
  • The businessman gave the accolades to President Buhari on a side event at the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasglow, Scotland

President Muhammadu Buhari has been described as an examplary leader by American and billionaire founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos.

Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to President Buhari on media and publicity, said Bezos hailed the president's leadership role on Monday, November 1.

Muhammadu Buhari
President Buhari with world leaders at COP26. Photo: Garba Shehu
Source: Facebook

Shehu said the incident took place during a COP26 side event themed; “Accelerating land restoration in Africa, the case of the Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative."

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In a statement attached with a video post made by Shehu, Bezos while speaking in Scotland noted that President Buhari has done well in restoring degraded lands across Nigeria.

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The American billionaire who joined French president Emmanuel Macron, Prince Charles and the Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani described the President Buhari's commitment to restore four million hectares as exemplary.

While heaping accolades on President Buhari, Bezos said they were fortunate to have Nigeria's president on their team.

Bezos said:

‘‘We are fortunate to have President Buhari of Nigeria with us today."
‘‘Nigeria plays a critical role in the restoration movement and has pledged to restore 4 million hectares of degraded lands."

He said such show of ambition from Africa’s largest economy underscores how vital the issue of climate change is.

An initiative of the American billionaire, the Bezos Earth Fund has a 10 billion dollar fund to allocate money to projects fighting climate change.

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Shehu said that the president had used the opportunity to appeal to other leaders to continue to make concerted efforts at land restoration.

He said that the president also assured the leaders of Nigeria's support in expanding the achievement of the GGW.

Buhari added:

‘‘Together we commit to the transformative process of restoring the African degraded landscape and ultimately the continent’s environment."

Meanwhile, previously reported that security experts across the country have called for government's attention to climate change.

The experts warned that climate change poses as much security challenge to the country as much as Boko Haram, kidnapping, banditry among others.

According to the experts, Nigerian government at all levels have failed to understand that climate change is dangerous.

Recall that President Buhari departed Nigeria for Glasgow, Scotland on Sunday, October 31 for the 26th Conference of Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Shehu said the president would further depart Glasgow to Paris on an official visit to reciprocate an earlier one to Nigeria by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, among other duties.


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