Antonio Guterres, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to use his leadership position to ensure peace in West Africa, in terms of democracy and good governance.
According to a statement from Femi Adesina, the president's spokesperson, the UN secretary-general made the remarks during a meeting with Buhari on Friday, at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). running in New York.
"According to the UN author, Africa, especially West Africa, is often seen as a sea of stability and good governance, but it is deeply concerned about the decline in democracy in some parts of the West African region as a whole. and coups. select institutions, ”Adesina said.
"Therefore, he urged President Buhari to continue to show leadership as he looks to Nigeria to help stabilize the region in terms of democracy and good governance.
"On terrorism, the Secretary-General commended Nigeria's efforts on this global issue, and supported the Nigerian President in his efforts to address security and humanitarian issues, especially jointly. and refugees. .
"He commended Nigeria's efforts on climate change, and expressed the commitment of the international community to work with the country in this regard.
"President Buhari commended Mr. Gutterres for his leadership of the world and the success of the 76th session. He assured the Secretary-General that Nigeria had made great strides in tackling insecurity caused by terrorists and bandits.
"The president also thanked him for the international community's involvement in climate change mitigation efforts, especially with the support of the Great Green Wall, which aims to curb desertification across the Sahel and the deforestation campaign in Nigeria. . ”
Adesina added that the president also expressed his commitment to supporting the United Nations "to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals".
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