Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu to Address 78th UNGA Session

Written by Benjamin Adewumi

Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu is set to address world leaders at the ongoing 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate, held at the UN headquarters in New York.

This marks President Tinubu’s inaugural appearance at the UNGA, where he is scheduled to deliver his address to world leaders on Tuesday. The speech is expected to take place at 6:00 p.m. local time, corresponding to 11:00 p.m. Nigerian time.

President Tinubu’s address will center around the theme of this year’s UNGA session, which focuses on “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.”

In his speech, President Tinubu will touch upon a range of critical global issues, including sustainable development, climate change, fostering international cooperation, and addressing the pressing concerns of inequalities and humanitarian crises worldwide.

Upon his arrival in New York on Sunday, President Tinubu was warmly received by several notable figures, including Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN; and Maj.-Gen. Dangana Allu, Nigeria’s Defence Attaché in Washington D.C.

This reception for President Tinubu diverged from the customary practice of officials lining up at the airport to welcome the president. Instead, only three officials were present at the airport to greet him, while the rest of the Nigerian officials awaited him at the UN Plaza Millenium Hilton Hotel.

Among those at the hotel to welcome President Tinubu were Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States, Amb. Uzoma Emenike; the Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija; and the Consul General in Atlanta, Amb. Amina Samaila. Several Nigerian governors, including Gov. Umo Eno of Akwa Ibom State, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Gov. Uba Sani of Kaduna, Gov. Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe, and Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq of Kwara, were also present.

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