Breaking: President Buhari returns from London
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Nigeria after making a trip to London. President Buhari left New York last week Thursday to London, the United Kingdom after participating in the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly.
President Buhari had checked out of his hotel Millennium Tower, New York accommodation at about 8.05am for JFK International Airport for his journey to London.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday delivered what was tagged a national statement during a general debate at the 72nd Session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72) in New York. During the speech, the president called for international co-operation and material support for his administration’s prosecution of the war against corruption and asset recovery.
The 15-minute speech, when compared to United States President Donald Trump’s 41-minute address, was described as the most scanty ever delivered by a Nigerian president at any session of UNGA. Some observers were however, quick to attribute the scanty nature of the speech to the president’s state of health, having just recovered from an undisclosed ailment, which he treated for the last eight months of the year.
But analysts were swift to criticise the speech, which they said was made up of paltry local content. According to them, Buhari lost a notable opportunity to market his country on the global stage as the entire speech dwelt mainly on crisis ravaging the world without citing any role his government is playing to raise the standard of governance in the country.
Where the president eventually mentioned an activity of his government – fight against illicit fund and asset recovery move – he only called for material support for asset recovery adding that institutions of state in the country were being strengthened to promote accountability and curtail corruption.
According to him, the country’s desired goals could only be achieved when the international community co-operates with it and provides critical assistance and material support, adding that Nigeria would also cooperate with the international community in the fight against transnational crimes, including cybercrime, human trafficking and forced labour.
“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, modern day slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime,” Buhari said.
Buhari’s speech was however, completely antithetical to that of Trump as the latter seemed to have greater understanding of the opportunity to deliver a speech at a global stage. Unlike Nigeria’s president, who did not mention any progressive move by his administration to advance good governance and improve the living standard of his people since coming to office, Trump seized the momentum to reel out the achievements of his administration since he was elected late last year and consequently advanced the beauty and glory of America in the eyes of the world, even when they are largely controversial.