Buhari congratulates UN SEC- Gen, Deputy on second term

June 20, 2021
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ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, on his re-appointment for a second term and exten­sion of Deputy Secretary General, Amina Moham­med’s tenure for another five years.

President Buhari con­gratulated the Secretary General and Deputy Sec­retary General, former Minister of Environ­ment in Nigeria, for the global recognition and opportunity to serve humanity with their ex­perience, trusting that their passion to promote peace, alleviate poverty, improve health and em­power more people will gain more speed and re­sults.

The president believed Mohammed’s extension in office would further encourage more women and the girl-child, par­ticularly in Africa and Nigeria, to aspire to new heights of leader­ship, dream beyond the borders of their country and learn from her ded­ication to seeing lives transformed for the bet­ter.

The president, through a statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, also extolled the former min­ister for her contribu­tions to development at home and abroad, pray­ing that the Almighty God would grant her good health, strength and more wisdom for the journey ahead.

The president also seized the opportuni­ty of the 59th Ordinary session of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS in Accra, Ghana, to call on West African leaders to exert pressure on the military leadership in Mali to ensure that the transition process in the country is not aborted.

The Nigerian presi­dent spoke on the situa­tion in Mali, which was recently suspended from the regional bloc due to a military coup.

”At this Summit to­day, we are expected to review a number of im­portant reports dealing with various issues of concerns to our organi­sation and people.

”In doing so, we must take realistic and practi­cal decisions which will positively impact our cit­izens.

”Some of those deci­sions, necessarily will have to do with evolving political and security sit­uations in our sub-region as well as evaluate the health of our organisa­tion with the hope of re­positioning to serve our people and sub-region better.

”While democracy continues to develop in our sub-region, recent events in Mali are sad reminders that vigilance remains a crucial imper­ative to protect people’s aspirations to freely choose the form of gov­ernment they want.

”Pressures are needed to ensure that the tran­sition process in Mali, which is half-way to its conclusion, is not abort­ed.

”A further slide in Mali could prove catastrophic to the Sub-region, consid­ering that about half of that country is unfortu­nately under the grip of terrorists,” he said.

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