September 30, (THEWILL) – President Bola Tinubu, on Friday night, returned to Abuja, the nation’s capital, eight days after he left New York, where he attended the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
THEWILL had reported that President Tinubu left New York on Thursday, September 21, to Europe.
He arrives barely 48 hours to Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day anniversary and four days to the planned nationwide strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC).
The President had on Tuesday, September 19, delivered his maiden address at the UN General Assembly.
During his address, President Tinubu, who urged world leaders to “work with us as true friends and partners”, said Africa has been overburden by open foreign exploitation, unfulfilled promises and unequal treatment.
Tinubu, as Chairman of ECOWAS, solicited help to re-establish democratic governance in a manner that addresses the political and economic challenges confronting that nation including the violent extremists, who seek to foment instability in our region.
The President condemned the spate of military coups in Africa, describing them as wrong and unreflective of the collective aspirations of Africans. He said their pervasiveness does not imply Africa’s support for unconstitutional change of government but “a demand for solutions to perennial problems.”
While in New York, the President had also met with some Nigerians in the U.S, during the Presidential Town Hall Meeting, Tinubu urged them to come back home, noting that Nigeria has arrived and that they should forget the frustration of the previous year’s leadership,
After his interaction with Nigerians, he met with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, where he noted that African nations would start to take appropriate actions against actors that illicitly siphon and smuggle out the continent’s vast mineral resources.
The Nigerian leader told the UN chief that human rights had been used to deter actions against such actors that smuggle out African resources and bring in Western-made weapons.
He also rang the bell at the National Association of Securities Dealers Automatic Quotation System at the world’s financial capital, New York.
President Tinubu is expected to address the nations in a televised broadcast at 7:00am on Sunday.