President Muhammadu Buhari left Nigeria for the 70th United Nations General Assembly in New York on September 24, Thursday.
The president was said to be accompanied only by 21 delegates, Governors of Kaduna, Niger and Cross River states. Also on his entourage are former governors Rotimi Amaechi and Kayode Fayemi, senator from Katsina, Hadi Sirika and a former member of the House of Representatives, Abike Dabiri, are also in the delegation.
Others comprise General Monguno (Rtd), the National Security Adviser; Femi Adesina, the presidential special adviser; Sarkin Abba Kalu, special adviser household matters; Lawal Kazuare (State Chief of Protocol), Nura Rimi, presidential liaison officer; Lt. Col M. L Abubakar (Aide de Camp); Bashir Abubakar, Chief Security Officer; Sabi’u Yusuf (personal assistant); ACP Abdukarim Dauda, Dr. Suhayb Sanusi Rafindadi, Chief Personal Physician; and Ya’u Abdulahi.
The immediate past president Goodluck Jonathan in 2013 was said to have been accompanied by over 600 people to New York. However, the presidency scrambled a denial, saying those who traveled officially with the president were less than 30. For his first visit to the General Assembly as elected president, Buhari reportedly received meeting requests from about 21 world leaders, but he will only be able to meet some of them. Buhari is expected to return to Nigeria on October 1.
- Sahara Reporters