President Muhammadu Buhari will next week lead Federal Government’s delegation to the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Buhari will be joining other world leaders to address issues of global importance as well as those peculiar to their different countries and regions.
The president, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, will use the opportunity to put in proper perspective some issues about his administration which have been largely misconstrued, particularly as regards human rights, especially the concern raised recently by US congressman, Tom Marino of the United States, in a letter to the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, asking the US government to withhold security assistance to Nigeria until President Buhari demonstrates what he described as a”commitment to inclusive government and the most basic tenets of democracy: freedom to assemble and freedom of speech”.
The minister who briefed journalists in Abuja on the UNGA said: “There is need to tell our own story and tell it persuasively too to get support from the world. We are not a sick patient looking for help. Nigeria is a power house seeking opportunity to play a greater role in global affairs”.