President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to address the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States on Tuesday, September 19, the Presidency has said.
Buhari, who is expected to leave Nigeria before then, is listed as number seven on the provincial list of speakers.
The Nigerian paramount ruler is expected to speak after the leaders of Brazil, the United States, Guinea, Switzerland, Jordan and Slovakia.
A week ago, the internet was awash with reports that the president would be traveling to the U.S. – but the presidency quickly debunked it, saying that it was untrue.
However, The Punch quoted the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu as saying that Buhari would attend the UN General Assembly.
He 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.”
Since his return to Nigeria on August 19, 2017, after 103 days of medical leave in London, where he received medical treatment for an undisclosed ailment, Buhari has not attended any public event outside of Aso Villa and his country home in Daura, Katsina State.