President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday said he had a very successful outing at the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA71).
This is contained in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina.
According to the statement Buhari who addressed the media to round off his visit to New York, urged world leaders to support the fight against poverty.
“I highlighted the need for the international community to work together to liberate humanity from poverty, save our planet from the devastation of climate change and rid the world of terrorism for a more peaceful and prosperous future,” he said.
President Buhari also stressed that, “I mentioned that the plight of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) arising from Boko Haram terrorism is of particular concern to us. For this reason, we have taken concrete steps to address their humanitarian needs and to ensure that necessary conditions are established to enable the voluntary return of the displaced persons to their homes in safety and dignity.”
While acknowledging that “Nigeria as a developing country has been adversely affected by the global economic downturn,” he however, stressed that “we are undeterred and have embarked on a wide range of reforms in our efforts to diversify our economy and shift emphasis to mining, agriculture, industrialization, infrastructure development and the creation of the enabling environment for Foreign Direct Investment.”
He also noted that “fighting corruption remains of prime importance to our administration,” adding that the campaign is already yielding positive gains including significant stolen assets recoveries.
Buhari said he had fruitful discussions at the US-Africa Business Forum that “can collaborate with us to diversify our economy, which will in turn drive development, job creation and general business development in Nigeria.”
He expressed delight that “some countries notably the United Kingdom and United States pledged additional support in the tune of US $391 million humanitarian aid for the Lake Chad region.”