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President Muhammadu Buhari arrived in New York on Sunday night for the United Nations General Assembly, even as his spokesman Femi Adesina refused to answer questions over detained activist journalist Omoyele Sowore who was arrested almost two months ago for organizing a protest and charged with treason.

Minutes after Mr. Buhari arrived at the luxury Millennium hotel located opposite the United Nations headquarters in New York, his spokesman Femi Adesina took questions from mostly African journalists.

Asked by TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA’s Simon Ateba to react to the arrests and detentions of political activists in Nigeria, including journalist and publisher of Sahara Reporters, Adesina said “I am not going to answer that question….next next”.

Mr. Adesina also faced questions on the over blown importance of President Muhammadu Buhari speaking on the same day other well known world leaders would be speaking.

In a statement and in comment, Mr. had said that speaking on the first of the UN General Debate made Mr. Buhari and Nigeria special. 

But TODAY NEWS AFRICA USA’s Simon Ateba noted that Burkina Faso was so speaking on the same day, adding that the President of the UN General Assembly had downplayed the importance of speaking first amongst other African leaders or even speaking on the same day as other more visible leaders. 

Adesina then tried to change course, saying that speaking first or on the first day did not matter.

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