Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, will assume office on Monday (today) as the President of the UN General Assembly, the Presidency said on Sunday in Abuja.
Muhammad-Bande was elected as the President of the 74th session of UNGA on June 4 by acclamation to serve for one year.
“With great hopes for the actualisation of the major priorities of Nigeria and the African continent, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, is all set to take office as the President of the United Nations General Assembly.
“The ceremonies will take place at the UN New York headquarters on September 16th and 17th, ahead of the High-Level Week of the UNGA when leaders of the nations of the world take turns to address the General Assembly”, a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, said.
It added that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, would lead the Federal Government’s delegation to the ceremonies.
Others on the delegation are the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ahmed Rufai-Ababukar; and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu.
The Presidency stated further, “Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN was elected President of the 74th session of the General Assembly by acclamation on Tuesday, June 4, to serve the one-year role with a strong mandate from his home government, that nominated him, endorsed by the Group of African States and adopted unanimously by the member-states.”