United Nations Secretary-General on Friday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to continue to show leadership as he looks up to Nigeria to help stabilise the West Africa sub-region that is being threatened by military coups recently.
Guterres said this at a meeting with Buhari on Friday, at the 76th session of the United Nations general assembly (UNGA) taking place in New York.
In a statement by Presidential spokesperson, Femi Adesina, Guterres said West Africa was generally seen as an ocean of stability and good governance, but was deeply concerned at the recent reversal of fortunes in democratic rule in some countries in the sub-region with coups overturning elected institutions.
“On terrorism, the secretary-general commended the efforts of Nigeria on this global phenomenon, assuring the Nigerian leader of the United Nations’ continued support in her efforts to address the prevailing security and humanitarian challenges that have arisen, especially with the internally displaced persons,” the statement said.
“He also commended Nigeria’s efforts on climate change, expressing the willingness of the world body to cooperate with the country in this regard.”
The statement said Buhari applauded Gutterres for his global leadership and the success of the 76th session.
“He assured the secretary-general that Nigeria had achieved appreciable successes in tackling the insecurity caused by terrorists and bandits.”