President Muhammadu Buhari has addressed the gathering of world leaders at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States.
The President pledged Nigeria’s solidarity to the United Nations and solicited the support of the UN in tackling the challenges facing the country.
“In an exemplary show of solidarity, the international community came together within my own region to assist the countries and communities in the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions to contain the threats posed by Al Qaida and Boko Haram,” he said on Tuesday.
“We thank the Security Council for visiting the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to assess the security situation and humanitarian needs, and for pledging assistance to rebuild lives and livelihoods.
“Indeed, in Nigeria, we are providing relief and humanitarian assistance to millions in internally displaced camps and those afflicted by terrorism, drought, floods and other natural disasters,” he added.
President Buhari also spoke of the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in upholding democratic principles in the sub-region.
He said through the collective contribution of member states, the presidential election in The Gambia was conducted successfully.
“Our faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken. Our regional organisation ECOWAS came together to uphold democratic principles in The Gambia – as we had done previously in Cote D’Ivoire,” he said.
On corruption, Buhari said, “Through our individual national efforts, state institutions are being strengthened to promote accountability, and to combat corruption and asset recovery.These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support. We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour,
He, however, said, “These can only be achieved through the international community cooperating and providing critical assistance and material support.”
“We shall also cooperate in addressing the growing transnational crimes such as forced labour, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime.”
The President stressed the need to sustain the cooperative efforts, saying the UN community should collectively devise strategies and mobilise the required responses to stop fleeing ISIS fighters from mutating and infiltrating into the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin.
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