President Muhammadu Buhari is to address the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on some of the issues bothering on Human Rights Violation in Nigeria.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed at a news conference in Abuja that the President will lead the Nigerian delegation to New York for the Assembly.
President Buhari would also be discussing other issues as the impact Nigeria.
He is also expected to sign the Paris Agreement on Climate.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that at the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) held in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.
The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to 2°C.
The agreement is due to enter into force in 2020. Onyeama said that by signing the agreement, it would demonstrate that Nigeria was serious with issues of climate change.
Already China and US has already signed the agreement
“President Buhari is well regarded by the world leaders and it will give him opportunity to reconnect and engage them on various issues.
“He needs world leaders’ support in the areas of economy, security, anti-corruption and governance. He will use the opportunity to push for Nigeria’s interest at the UN,” the minister said.
He said that the president would also use the opportunity to look for foreign markets for Nigerian’s products and garner support for the economy.
Onyeama said that the president would also use the opportunity to canvass for the repatriation of Nigeria’s stolen money in foreign banks.
“Mr President will use the opportunity to canvass for support for the recharge of Lake Chad.
“There will be a discussion on Lake Chad Basin and how to recharge the lake through Central Africa which will cost about 15 billion dollars.
“Mr President will engage and push for investors on the project. He will be looking at Public, Private Partnership to mobilise that kind of funding for Lake Chad.
“Such investment will have direct impact on at least five million people,” he said.
According to Onyeama, there will also be a discussion on one vision, one Africa where all African nations can have a voice on issues that have direct impact on the continent.
He said the EU would be putting 31 billion euros on the table to address certain issues affecting Middle East and part of Africa.
He said that Nigeria was the only one invited for the meeting to look into how to spend the money, adding that the forum would give Nigeria opportunity to access the fund.