President Muhammadu Buhari (Left) accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama (R), Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande (Back R), and Head of Chancery of the Permanent Mission, Muyiwa Onifade, at the opening of the General Debate of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly on Tuesday in New York. (Photo: NAN)
The President, Major Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and U.S. President Joe Biden were among the world leaders that attended the opening of the General Debate of the 76th session of the General Assembly at the UN headquarters on Tuesday in New York.
Buhari was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, and Head of Chancery of the Permanent Mission, Muyiwa Onifade.
No fewer than 80 heads of state are expected to attend the General Debate in person in New York while others spoke through pre-recorded videos.
Buhari would present Nigeria’s statement to the General Assembly on Friday, September 24.
The Nigerian leader would be the second speaker on the fourth day and would deliver his address around 9 a.m. (around 2p.m. Nigerian time) to other world leaders during the morning session.
The President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, was the first world leader to present his address to the 76th session as it is tradition, followed by Biden, the traditional second speaker, being the host country.
The opening session of the high-level event could be described as semi-normal as global leaders addressed the world in a hybrid format.