President Muhammadu Buhari will travel to the United States next week to be part of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, The PUNCH reports.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, confirmed this to the newspaper. He however said the exact date the President will make the trip was yet to be ascertained.
Shehu said, “I cannot tell you the time he will be going because it can change but I know he is expected to be the eighth speaker at the UN. So, he will be there and he will speak.”
According to the report, the President has been scheduled to address the UNGA and has been placed as number seven on the provincial list of speakers.
He is expected to speak after the leaders of Brazil, the United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Jordan and Slovakia.
Last week, the Presidency drew lots of condemnation after reports emerged that President Buhari was travelling to the United States to meet with President Donald Trump, at the same time floods were ravaging Texas and Benue with thousands of people displaced in bith countries.
The presidency however came out to deny the report, saying Buhari never planned to travel to the US.
Recall that Buhari returned to Nigeria on August 20, 2017, after 103 days of medical leave in London.
He has not attended any public event outside of Aso Villa and his country home in Daura, Katsina State where he spent the Eid-el-Kabir holidays. He has attended only one Federal Executive Council meeting since he returned three weeks ago.
On behalf of the President, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo recently visited flood-ravaged Benue State.
Osinbajo, while representing the President, has also received members of the United States Congress as well as the United Kingdom Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and his team at the Villa.