This weekend, Presidential villa will be without President Muhammadu Buhari as he travelled to the United State of America to attend the annual meeting of world leaders, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA77).
The Vice President too, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would take off to London to represent Nigeria in the funeral ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II, who died recently.
A statement from a presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina said that Buhari would depart Abuja today, September 18, for New York, United for UNGA77, whose theme this year is: “A watershed Moment: Transformative Solutions to Interlocking Challenges.”
The statement said that the key topics of discussion would the war in Ukraine, the energy crisis, climate action, ending the COVID-19 pandemic, and a special Transforming Education Summit.
It said that President Buhari will take his turn to deliver the National Statement on the second day of the General Debates on Wednesday, September 21.
It said that the President will also participate in High Level meetings and side events including the Nigeria International Economic Partnership Forum (NIEPF), convened by Nigeria in partnership with the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU); Strengthening Coordination through National Humanitarian Development Peace (NHDP) Framework: A practical approach to sustainable durable solutions to ensure no one is left behind, organised by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development; and the EFCC-NEPAD Programme on combating Illicit Financial Flows.
“President Buhari will also hold strategic bilateral meetings with World Leaders, renowned investors and heads of multinational organisations while in New York.”
The statement said that the President is being accompanied by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, some Governors, Ministers and top government officials.
The President is expected back in the country on September 26.
Also, a statement from Laolu Akande, the spokesman of the Vice President said that Professor Osinbajo would depart Abuja today, September 18 to join members of the Royal Family, world leaders – including members of the Commonwealth, Heads of State, Governors-General, Prime Ministers, and foreign royal families – at the ceremonies, including the funeral service scheduled to hold at Westminster Abbey on Monday.