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President Tinubu wraps up first appearance at UNGA 78 and departs New York

On Thursday, President Bola Tinubu left New York after participating in the 78th session of high-level meetings at the UN General Assembly.

While in New York, President Tinubu took part in various high-level events, including a bilateral meeting, as reported by the UN correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria.

After arriving in New York on Sunday, Tinubu joined other leaders in adopting the political declaration to accelerate the 17 goals at the SDG summit on Monday.

Ahead of the opening of the session, Tinubu met with his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa to discuss stronger economic and regional ties.

On Tuesday, the President, accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Amb. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, and the Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, attended the opening of the UN General Debate.

Also on Tuesday, Tinubu addressed world leaders, highlighting democratic governance as the strongest protector of the people's will and well-being, emphasizing the wrongness of military coups.

In his inaugural speech on behalf of Nigeria and Africa, he said Nigeria’s accord with the objectives and guiding principles of the world body: peace, security, human rights and development.

In his role as Chairman of ECOWAS, Tinubu requested assistance to restore democratic governance and address the political and economic challenges facing the nation, including the threat of violent extremists destabilizing our region.

On Wednesday, he met with some Nigerians in the U.S., where he urged them to change their mindset to succeed.

During the Presidential Town Hall Meeting with Nigerians in the diaspora, Tinubu encouraged them to return home, emphasizing that Nigeria has made progress and urging them to leave behind frustrations from previous leadership. Afterward, he met with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and emphasized that African nations will take action against those involved in illicitly siphoning and smuggling out the continent's mineral resources. Tinubu also highlighted how human rights have sometimes hindered efforts to address this issue effectively.

On Thursday, he rang the bell at the National Association of Securities Dealers Automatic Quotation System, becoming the first African President to perform such a task.

The Nigerian delegation actively took part in various significant events, including a High-level dialogue on Financing for Development, a high-level meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response, the Climate Ambition Summit, the Ministerial meeting of the Summit of the Future, and a High-level meeting on Universal Health Coverage. They also participated in meetings focused on the fight against Tuberculosis. The delegation, consisting of 16 ministers, seven governors, the Chief of Staff, and heads of Ministries, Departments, and agencies, attended several other events as well.

The theme of the General Assembly is rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity, accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its sustainable development goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all.

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