President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday arrived New York city in the United States of America, ahead of his participation at the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 71) which would be his second appearance since he assumed office as Nigeria’s president in 2015.
This was on the heels of the bomb explosion in the city on Saturday, which left at least 29 people injured.
Mr Femi Adesina, the president’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Confirmed this development in his twitter page on Sunday.
President Buhari departed the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport on Saturday for the New York trip, where he would attend the UN General Assembly, slated to commence on Monday, 19th September.
The Nigerian president was accompanied by the Governor of Zamfara, Abubakar Yari and the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.
A statement earlier issued by the president’s special adviser in Abuja, said the president while in New York, would deliver Nigeria’s statement at the opening of the General Debate of the Assembly, on the theme: “The Sustainable Development Goals: a Universal Push to Transform our World”.
He said that president Buhari would also deliver a keynote address on “Taking Climate Action Towards Sustainable Development in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin” and would also attend a high-level summit, hosted by the UN, on “Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants’’.
According to him, while in New York for the annual gathering of world leaders, President Buhari will also attend series of meetings as well as side events, which are of significant interest to Nigeria.
President Buhari and President Barack Obama are said to be meeting on Tuesday in New York on the sidelines of the US leader’s final appearance at the UN General Assembly session.