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UN Secretary-General visits Nigeria

The United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres will on Tuesday 3 May, begin a two-day mission to Nigeria.

This will be the first mission of the ninth United Nations Secretary General to Nigeria.

A statement by the UN information centre indicates that during the mission, Mr.Guterres will have an audience with President Muhammadu Buhari; the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo; Religious Leaders; Women and Youth Leaders; the Private Sector and the Diplomatic community.

It says the Secretary-General will visit the Governor of Borno State, Professor Babagana Zulum, in Maiduguri, on Tuesday, 3 May and thereafter proceed on a field mission to meet families deeply affected by violence and instability in the North-East, including people internally displaced and refugees.

Those accompanying the UN Secretary General includes the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and other top officials of the UN.

He will also perform Wreath laying ceremony at UN House in honour of victims of the bomb blast at the UN House in 2011, on Wednesday 4th.

This is part of the Secretary-General’s annual Ramadan solidarity visits, and he will go to Nigeria, Niger and Senegal, during which he will also highlight the impact of the Ukraine war on the African continent.

The Secretary-General began annual Ramadan solidarity visits when he was High Commissioner for Refugees, but the tradition was interrupted by the pandemic.

This year, he will also use the visit to express his solidarity with victims of terrorism in the region.

Reporting by Hamza Alkali, editing by Daniel Adejo.