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Updated: February 24, 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in New York paid a courtesy call on President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, telling him that he bears a heavy weight on his shoulders, and that Nigeria was solidly behind him in the onerous task.

President United Nations 74th General Assembly, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande welcoming the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama while Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State (m) watched during the bilateral meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly as a side event of the 74th UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters, Manhattan, New York.  23/09/2019

Muhammad-Bande, a Nigerian diplomat, was earlier in the year unanimously elected President of the General Assembly for one year.

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“I sincerely congratulate you. Your election was well received by the whole world. It was a unanimous support, and the global community received you well. That support puts heavy weight on you, and I wish you well,” the President said.

President Muhammadu Buhari being received by the President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad Bande during a bilateral meeting as a side event of the 74th UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters, Manhattan, New York.  23/09/2019

Responding, Prof. Muhammad-Bande said he was delighted to receive the Nigerian President, “along with your team of professionals and politicians.”

He added: “Your nominating me for this position is the greatest honour I can have. The support from Africa and the world has been outstanding so far.”

President Buhari was accompanied by governors, ministers, and senior government officials.

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from the left, Minister for Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen; Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nassarawa State; Minister for Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Hajia Sadiya Umar-Farouk and the Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Hon, Abike Dabiri-Erewa during the bilateral meeting between President Muhammadu Buhari and the President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly, Prof. Tijjani Muhammad Bande as a side event of the 74th UN General Assembly at the UN Headquarters, Manhattan, New York.  23/09/2019
Femi Adesina
Femi Adesina
Femi Adesina, a Nigerian journalist, is the special adviser on media and publicity to Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. This is an official statement from him. The headline might have been adjusted.

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