July 21, 2024

President Bola Tinubu has left Nigeria for the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly’s (UNGA) 78th session.

The announcement was made in a statement issued by the White House on Sunday afternoon.

This is Tinubu’s first UNGA meeting since taking office in May.

On the sidelines of the summit, the president is due to hold bilateral discussions with other world leaders, including US Vice President Joe Biden and European Union Commission President Herman Van Rompuy.

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The president’s spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, also stated that his principal would meet with Microsoft’s global president, Brad Smith, and Meta Technologies’ head of global affairs, Nick Clegg.

Tinubu’s meeting with the two, according to Ngelale, will focus on methods for improving Nigeria’s digital transformation and leveraging artificial intelligence.

On September 19, he is also set to deliver his inaugural national statement on the floor of the UN headquarters.

The Nigerian president will also address American business executives at the US Chamber of Commerce and preside over the closing ceremony of the NASDAQ.

Tinubu will be Africa’s first president to do so.

The 78th UNGA session will be place in New York from September 18 to September 26.

The theme for this year’s 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”.

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