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Buhari congratulates UN Secretary-General-designate



President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday congratulated Antonio Guterres on his appointment by the United Nations General Assembly as the next UN Secretary General, beginning from January 1, 2017.

In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President expressed the belief that Guterres’ wealth of experience as a former Prime Minister of Portugal, head of UN Refugee Agency for several years, diplomat and a politician of repute, eminently prepared and qualified him for the new position.

He said as a committed member of UN, Nigeria looked forward to working and supporting Guterres to address the world’s most pressing challenges.

The President identified the global challenges to include defeating terrorism and violent extremism for a peaceful and prosperous future, reducing poverty, tackling the devastating effects of climate change; as well as confronting the causes of migrants and refugee crisis.

The statement read in part, “The President strongly believes that for the UN to remain relevant in the 21st century, the new UN Secretary-General must redouble efforts and spearhead essential reforms of the world body to enable it effectively address current global challenges. 

“President Buhari also congratulates the outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on his successful tenure and dedicated service to humanity.Punch