After the initial denial that President Muhammadu Buhari was not travelling to the United States, SaharaReporters has reported that barring any last-minute cancellation, the president will, on September 16, leave Abuja for New York to take part in the 72nd high-level session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.
President Buhari is scheduled to address the world body on Tuesday, September 19, after the opening speech by UN Secretary-General, Mr. Antonio Guterres, and the first UN address by US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of a dinner to be held on Monday September 20, according to the draft of the program seen by SaharaReporters.
A source at the Nigeria House in New York told SaharaReportes that Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, and members of a presidential advance team are already in New York to put finishing touches to the arrangements being made by the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations.
The meeting with Mr. Trump was initially scheduled to hold two weeks ago but had to be shifted because President Buhari, who is still convalescing, could not travel at the time.
During his five-day stay in New York, President Buhari and the Nigerian delegation will be accommodated at One Millennium Plaza Hotel on First Avenue in Manhattan.
SaharaReporters’ Presidency source also disclosed that the list of members of the delegation is expected to be approved today by the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr. Abba Kyari, before the publication of the program by the State House press.