President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday spoke on a long list of critical issues as he addressed world leaders at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA76).
Addressing world leaders at the General Debate of the session at the UN Headquarters in New York, the United States,
President Buhari thanked Nigeria’s partners and friends all over the world for their assistance since the outbreak of COVID-19.
According to him, the nation fully supports the COVAX initiative from which it has benefitted and is grateful to donor countries for the vaccines provided, he however called for a more equitable distribution of vaccines, especially to African countries.
On security, he raised concerns over illicit trade, transfer, and circulation of small arms and light weapons, noting that thier excessive accumulation and uncontrolled spread in many regions of the world, was already having devastating humanitarian and socio-economic consequences, especially on the continent of Africa. He therefore, called for a worldwide application of the Arms Trade Treaty to codify accountability in conventional arms trade, saying it was critical to the security of nations.
The President further expressed support for the fight against terrorism, joining his voice to also call for sustenance of democracy on the African continent in light of recent military coups.
President Buhari also spoke on global food systems, support for human rights, conflict reconciliation, international trade, and called for an extension of the Debt Service Suspension Initiative. He expressed also, willingness to cooperate on actions against Climate change.
The theme for this year’s UNGA is,
‘Building Resilience Through Hope – To Recover from COVID-19, Rebuild Sustainably, Respond to the Needs of the Planet, Respect the Rights of People and Revitalise the United Nations’.