The United Nation Secretary General Mr. Ban ki-Moon visits Nigeria
The United Nation Secretary General, Mr. Ban ki-Moon, visited Nigeria on the 23rd August 2015 and met with President Muhammadu Buhari and commended the President for his strong Political efforts to good Governance, Participatory Democracy and his commitment to fighting terrorism.
In his address at a dialogue on democracy, Human Rights Development, Climate Change, and countering violent extremism, hosted by the Ministry of Foreign affairs Abuja, and chaired by vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Banki-Moon Stated that he was in Nigeria to visit President Muhammadu Buhari and to ensure strong United Nations (UN) Partnership with the country.
He commended Buhari for pledging to tackle inequality and corruption in his inaugural speech urging the government against marginalizing the citizens.
Ban ki-Moon urged Nigeria to tackle terrorism and extremist, noting that insecurity takes root due to mismanagement of resources, injustice, marginalization of vulnerable and minority groups and inequality.
He stated that the UN has the ambition of ensuring sustainable development goals, ensuring gender purity, ending hunger and purity and combating corruption by 2030.
The secretary General stressed the importance of tackling Climate Change, noting that sustainable development goals may not be realized without addressing the phenomenon.
He said, “Apart from the chibok school girls, many other boys and children have been kidnapped by Boko haram, why has insecurity and extremism been able to take root among the people?”
“I think that comes from mismanagement, bad governance, inequality and injustice. When you have no hope for your future, when leaders do not care about inclusive government, people find other ways. The five-year war in Syria started because the leaders had not been paying attention to the people and the Country became a perfect breeding ground for extremism.”
In his remark, Osinbajo noted that about 110 million Nigerians are poor adding that the Government is working to develop the nation’s economy so that the citizens could be empowered.
On Climate Change, he said Nigeria will join the rest of the world in tackling the menace.
The sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar urged the United Nation secretary general to assist Nigeria to recover its stolen money kept in Foreign Countries by corrupt Politicians.
The Permanent Secretary of the FCT Mr. John Chukwu has assured the UN Secretary general,Banki Moon, that the Federal Government will renovate damaged United Nations common building in six months. After laying a wreath in honour of the victims of the unfortunate bomb attack on the UN house on August 26th, 2011.
He challenges the contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria, to work round the clock even if it means running three shifts.