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A photo shot on September 24, 2021, shows President Muhammadu Buhari addressing world leaders at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76) in New York, the United States.

The Nigerian President “Muhammadu Buhari” spoke of critical issues on Friday as he addressed world leaders at the 76th summit of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).

The president who went on stage to address the world leaders after President Nicos Anastasiades of Cyprus at the General Debate of the session at the UN Headquarters in New York, United States.

The theme for this year’s UNGA is, ‘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’.

From his speech, the president thanked Nigeria’s partners and friends all over the world for their assistance since the outbreak of COVID-19 PANDEMIC, saying vaccination was the key to the safe emergence from the pandemic.

According to the president, the nation fully supports the COVAX initiative from which it has benefitted and is grateful to the United States, Turkey, India, China, European Union, and others for the vaccines provided.

 

“Despite the acknowledgement, however, I would like to reiterate my call for a fairer and more equitable distribution of vaccines to all countries so that, together, we can fight and contain the pandemic,” the Nigerian leader said.

“The rising wave of newer and more contagious strains makes this even more urgent; no country can afford the socio-economic implications of prolonged shutdown. It is imperative to underscore that no one is safe until everyone is safe.”

 

Factors rising Conflicts
On the issue of security, he expressed his concerns over illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons.

Their excessive accumulation spread in different regions of the world, Buhari stated, were already having devastating humanitarian and socio-economic consequences, especially on the continent of Africa.

The president therefore, called for a worldwide application of the Arms Trade Treaty to reduce accountability in conventional arms trade, saying it’s a huge challenge to the security of nations.

President Buhari explained that this was in recognition of the need for a broad-based global partnership in the ongoing battle against transborder crimes, including terrorism and robbery.

Meanwhile, president buhari request the need not to only deal with the symptoms of conflict but to tackle the immediate causes of crisis, including poor and undemocratic governance, human rights abuses, poverty, ignorance, injustice and inequalities among others.

He added, that “There are no easy solutions to these problems,” the Nigerian leader said this during the session. “They require long term investments and more effective international cooperation.

“In this connection, my delegation underscores the importance of promoting peaceful, unfettered, and inclusive participation of states in global actions towards conflict prevention.

This will facilitate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union Agenda 2063, He said.”

Furthermore, President also drew the attention of the world leaders to the forceful takeover of government in some African continent, especially in west African countries, noting the events in Guinea and Sudan.

He lamented that such happenings were destroying the democratic gains of past decades, stressing that the recent trend which, sometimes were in reaction to unilateral changes of constitutions by some leaders, must not be tolerated by the international bodies.

 

‘Terrorist Fighters Are Surrendering’
According to the Nigerian president, Nigeria is in fully supports in the efforts by ECOWAS to address the growing challenge and appreciates the support of both the African Union and the United Nations.

He reiterated that leaders of individual member-states must comply to the constitutional provisions of their countries, particularly on term limits.

On the issue of extremism, he said, “Terrorism continues to dominate security discourse worldwide. In Nigeria, Boko Haram terrorist group, though fragmented by internal strife and weakened by our defence forces, is still active and preying on soft targets.

“Nigeria will continue to work tirelessly with UN Counter-Terrorism bodies and entities with an intension view to bringing this huge challenge to an end, Nigeria has spared no effort in addressing the challenges of terrorism posed by the activities of Boko Haram in North-East Nigeria and the Lake Chad region, as well as banditry in the North-West and North-Central Nigeria.”

“The Nigerian Security Forces have recorded a tremendous success in the fight against terrorism. As a result of the renewed plans by of our military, many terrorist fighters are voluntarily repenting and surrendering to our security forces,” the president said.

President Buhari didn’t hesitate to inform the session that Nigeria intended to build a climate-resilient economy that would effectively align with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as with great potentials to unlocking the full opportunities in different sectors of the economy while protecting the resources for present and future generations.

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