According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the President was received at the JF Kennedy International Airport, New York by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo; and the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande.
Other Nigerian officials on the ground to welcome the President were Minister of State, Power, Goddy Jeddy-Agba; his environment counterpart, Sharon Ikeazor; Director-General of 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 address the high-level session of the General Assembly on the fourth day of the General Debates around 9:00 a.m. local time on Friday, September 24, when he would speak on the theme of the conference and other global issues.
According to the envoy, the issue of equal access to vaccines was paramount at the 76th session of the General Assembly, themed ‘Building Resilience through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalise the United Nations.’
The envoy said: “There is nothing more challenging and more pressing now than the global health; it is extremely urgent. So, the President will join others and push for global vaccine equity.”
The Nigerian leader is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with a number of leaders of other countries’ delegations and heads of international development organisations.
Muhammad-Bande added that Nigeria would be sharing success stories with the Assembly on its role in stabilising the West African region as well as joining others to bringing peace and security to the region.
He said: “We are aware that we have to prosecute the war on terror in our region, counter-terrorism is in mind. We are also mindful of our responsibility in education and health. When you look at efforts in education, health, or global peace, you will always see Nigeria taking the lead.
“Nigeria has a lot to offer but also has worries about how terrorist groups move to countries, it is a concern how they procure arms. Nigeria is not a country that produces arms but we are worried so that arms will not get to the wrong hands. This is a very important discussion for the continent. Nigeria will deal with this issue and global peace.’’