President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in New York, USA, yesterday for high-level meetings of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
According to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN), the president became president on JF Kennedy International Airport in New York received by Secretary of State Geoffrey Onyeama; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo; and Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Tijjani Muhammad Gang.
Other Nigerian officials on the ground who welcomed the President were State and Power Minister Goddy Jeddy-Agba; his environmental colleague Sharon Ikeazor; The Director General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, and Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Uzoma Emenike, among others.
Buhari would be the second head of state to speak at the high-level meeting of the general on the fourth day of the Assembly General debates around 9:00 a.m. local time on Friday, September 24th, when he would speak on the conference theme and other global issues.
At the ongoing General Assembly, President Buhari would join other global leaders, to push for global access to vaccines. This was announced by the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, Muhammad gang. He stated that Nigeria will team up with other world leaders to promote equality of opportunity in COVID-19 vaccines worldwide. General Assembly under the motto “Building resilience through hope – To recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect human rights and revitalize the United Nations.”
The envoy said: “There is nothing today more difficult and urgent than global health; it is extremely urgent. So the president will join others in pushing for global vaccine justice. ”
The Nigerian leader is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with a number of leaders from other countries’ delegations and leaders of international development organizations. < / p>
Muhammad Gang added that Nigeria will share success stories with the assembly about its role in stabilizing the West African region and join others in bringing peace and security to the region.
He said: “We are aware that we have to pursue the war on terror in our region, the fight against terrorism is in mind. We are also aware of our responsibility in education and health. If you look at education, health or world peace efforts, you will always find that Nigeria is taking the lead.
“Nigeria has a lot to offer, but it also worries about how terrorist groups are in Pulling countries. How they get guns is a problem. Nigeria is not a gun-producing country, but we are concerned that guns will not fall into the wrong hands. This is a very important discussion for the continent. Nigeria will address this issue and world peace. ”
The 76th session of the General Assembly began on September 14th and will end on September 27th.
Meanwhile, two Nigerian groups held a confrontation in New York yesterday over the state of affairs in the country. The groups gathered at the Nigerian House on 42nd Street, 2nd Avenue and shared opposing views on conditions in Nigeria and its unity.
The protests came when President Buhari was putting his planned activities for UNGA in one place Nigerian Mission began near the.
The first group of Nigerians in the diaspora said they had been there to show their support for their homeland when world leaders gathered for the annual event .
Led by Emmanuel Duara, the group called “One Nigeria Group” expressed their support for President Buhari and the indissolubility of the country.
In a chanting conversation with reporters of one of Nigeria he said: “We are the largest country in Africa and the largest black country in the world. Whatever is going on among the tribes in Nigeria, let’s sit down and sort it out. ”
The group members waved the flag of the country, wore white t-shirts and displayed banners showing the progress made under it Government announce their commitment to a single Nigeria and the longing for peace and progress.
However, they were rejected by anti-Buhari protesters who called for a referendum to determine the fate of the country.
One of the leaders of the opposing group, Foluso Aruleba, also spoke to reporters, emphasizing the various problems Nigeria is facing as a nation and stressing that without justice there can be no peace. She regretted that the Buhari government had continued to borrow money in the face of the falling value of the naira.
Aruleba called for a referendum, claiming plans to invade Yorubaland were under way, which she believed not is acceptable.
ACTIVISTS under the aegis of the TakeItBack movement have mobilized for a new protest at the UN headquarters on Friday when President Buhari is billed as a speaker. The agitators from Yoruba Nation and Biafra announced that they would start the “mother of all protests” on the same day at the UN headquarters.
The movement announced its plan in a statement entitled “Protest” Call to protest at the UN General Assembly “from their Global Director of Mobilization, Gbola Owoborode, yesterday.
The group listed four demands for the protest, including: The government should have one of its leaders, Omoyele Sowore, release unconditionally immediately and drop all charges; immediate release of all political prisoners including Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho and the 300+ #EndSARS activists who are still in illegal custody; an end to the terrorism, kidnapping and banditry that have completely devastated the whole country, and the resignation of the President for failing to guarantee the safety and well-being of Nigerians.
Regarding the protest Yoruba self-determination group umbrella organization Ilana Omo Oodua said Friday’s Yoruba nation march will be historic. The group’s spokesman, Maxwell Adeleye, said that no threat from the presidency would prevent the agitators from moving forward with their plan.
According to him, steps have been taken to ensure the march is peaceful. He said the march was organized to show the world the ordeal, suffering and submission of the indigenous people of the South and Middle Belt of Nigeria into the hands of the federal government.
Adeleye said: ” We are ready to hold a peaceful march. It will be historic and the UN Assembly will feel our presence more strongly that day. It will also be the mother of all popular protests.
“Any attempt by the presidency to thwart our march will fail. We are peace-loving and will continue to make sure that our actions are peaceful. We have nothing to do with IPOB. However, FG should declare the real terrorists to be insurgents. ”
In a statement last week, the federal government threatened to judge the agitators of the Yoruba nation by the society they hold and said no one should be allowed to do so take seriously.