78th UNGA: Tinubu delivers inaugural address after meeting Ramaphosa on the sidelines

President Bola Tinubu, has delivered his inaugural address at the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 78) at the UN headquarters in New York, Tuesday.

The theme of the UNGA is: “Rebuilding Trust and Reigniting Global Solidarity: Accelerating Action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress, and sustainability for all.

Tinubu’s attendance at the UNGA marks his first since assuming the presidency in May.

He addressed world leaders in the evening of Tuesday at about 6:00p.m, local time; 11:00pm (Nigerian time).

Earlier, President Bola Tinubu met with Cyril Ramaphosa, South African president, as part of his bilateral engagements ahead of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the US.

In a statement on Monday, Ajuri Ngelale, Tinubu’s spokesperson, said the two leaders held a fruitful cross-sectoral discussion.

The presidential spokesperson had earlier said his principal would engage in bilateral meetings that will focus on investments and economic development diplomacy during the UNGA session taking place in New York from September 18 to 26.

Molly Phee, US assistant secretary for African affairs, had said Biden had exclusively requested to meet with the Nigerian leader on the sidelines of UNGA.

Tinubu is also expected to meet with the global chief executive officers of General Electric, and Exxon Mobil Oil and Gas Company to discuss investments in sectors revolving around power, aviation, and transportation.


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