President Buhari At the opening ceremony of the 72nd UN General Assembly

 

President Buhari was at the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, and he delivered a speech during his time there

 

STATEMENT DELIVERED BY
HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMADU BUHARI,
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
AT

THE GENERAL DEBATE OF THE 72ND SESSION OF UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY, IN NEW YORK,
ON TUESDAY, 19 SEPTEMBER 2017

Mr. President,
Fellow Heads of State and Government,
Mr. Secretary-General,
Distinguished Delegates,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

On behalf of my country, Nigeria, I congratulate you Mr. President on your election and Mr. Gutteres on his first General Assembly outing as our Secretary-General. I assure you both of my country’s solidarity and cooperation. You will indeed need the cooperation of all member States as we are meeting during extra-ordinarily troubled and dangerous times. Let me also thank former Secretary-General Mr. Ban ki Moon for his service to the United Nations and wish him peaceful retirement.

Mr. President,

2. The previous year has witnessed many far-reaching developments. Some of the most significant events include the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Change Agreement and, of grave concern, the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Mr. President,

3. I must also commend the UN’s role in helping to settle thousands of innocent civilians caught in the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. In particular, we must collectively thank the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany under the commendable leadership of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Governments of Italy, Greece and Turkey for assisting hundreds of thousands of refugees.

4. In an exemplary show of solidarity, the international community came together within my own region to assist the countries and communities in the Sahel and the Lake Chad regions to contain the threats posed by Al Qaida and Boko Haram.

5. We thank the Security Council for visiting the countries of the Lake Chad Basin to assess the security situation and humanitarian needs, and for pledging assistance to rebuild lives and livelihoods. Indeed, in Nigeria we are providing relief and humanitarian assistance to millions in camps and those afflicted by terrorism, drought, floods and other natural disasters.

6. In the last year, the international community came together to focus on the need for gender equality, youth empowerment, social inclusion, and the promotion of education, creativity and innovation. The frontiers of good governance, democracy including holding free and fair elections, and enthronement of the rule of law are expanding everywhere, especially in Africa.

7. Our faith in democracy remains firm and unshaken. Our regional organisation ECOWAS came together to uphold democratic principles in The Gambia – as we had done previously in Cote D’Ivoire.

8. 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.
Mr. President,

9. These cooperative efforts should be sustained. We must collectively devise strategies and mobilise the required responses to stop fleeing ISIS fighters from mutating and infiltrating into the Sahel and the Lake Chad Basin, where there are insufficient resources and response capacity is weak.
10. This will require strong UN cooperation with regional organisations, such as the African Union, in conflict prevention and management. The UN should continue to take primary leadership of the maintenance of international peace and security by providing, in a predictable and sustainable manner, adequate funding and other enablers to regional initiatives and peacekeeping operations authorized by the Security Council.
Mr. President,

11. New conflicts should not make us lose focus on ongoing unresolved old conflicts. For example, several UN Security Council Resolutions from 1967 on the Middle East crisis remain unimplemented. Meanwhile, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the blockade of Gaza continue.

12. Additionally, we are now confronted by the desperate human rights and humanitarian situations in Yemen and most tragically in the Rakhine State of Myanmar. The Myanmar crisis is very reminiscent of what happened in Bosnia in 1995 and in Rwanda in 1994.

13. The international community cannot remain silent and not condemn the horrendous suffering caused by what, from all indications is a state-backed programme of brutal depopulation of the Rohingya inhabited areas in Myanmar on the bases of ethnicity and religion. We fully endorse the call by the Secretary-General on the Government of Myanmar to order a halt to the ongoing ethnic cleansing and ensure the safe return of the displaced Rohingya to their homes in safety and dignity.

14. In all these crises, the primary victims are the people, the most vulnerable being women and children. That is why the theme of this session: Focusing on People: Striving for Peace and Decent Life for All on a Sustainable Planet” is most apposite.

15. While the international community grapples to resolve these conflicts, we must be mindful and focus on the widening inequalities within societies, and the gap between the rich and the poor nations. These inequalities and gaps are part of the underlying root causes of competition for resources, frustration and anger leading to spiraling instability.

16. The most pressing threat to international peace and security today is the accelerated nuclear weapons development programme by North Korea. Since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, we have never come so close to the threat of nuclear war as we have now.

17. All necessary pressure and diplomatic efforts must be brought to bear on North Korea to accept peaceful resolution of the crisis. As Hiroshima and Nagasaki painfully remind us, if we fail, the catastrophic and devastating human loss and environmental degradation cannot be imagined.

Mr. President,

18. Nigeria proposes a strong UN delegation to urgently engage the North Korean Leader. The delegation, led by the Security Council, should include members from all the regions.

19. The crisis in the Korean peninsula underscores the urgency for all member states, guided by the spirit of enthroning a safer and more peaceful world, to ratify without delay the Treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons, which will be open for signature here tomorrow.

Mr. President,

20. I end my remarks by reiterating Nigeria’s abiding commitment to the foundational principles and goals of the United Nations. Since our admission as a member state in 1960, we have always participated in all efforts to bring about global peace, security and development. Nigeria will continue to support the UN in all its efforts, including the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
I thank you.

HIS EXCELLENCY MUHAMMADU BUHARI,
PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA

Official : Rio Ferdinand Announces He is becoming a professional boxer

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Former Manchester United star defender Rio Ferdinand, is set to be a professional boxer, the retired England captain; Ferdinand, who is hoping to get his British Boxing Board of Control licence with the help of bookmaker Betfair.

“Boxing is an amazing sport for the mind and the body. I have always had a passion for it and this challenge is the perfect opportunity to show people what’s possible. It’s a challenge I’m not taking lightly, clearly not everyone can become a professional boxer, but with the team of experts Betfair are putting together and the drive I have to succeed, anything is possible.” He was quoted as saying.

Ferdinand in the past has been posting on his Instagram page

He said his gym work replicated the “release time” football had provided him until he left the game, adding that “until you start working out regularly, you don’t understand it. You don’t understand that sometimes that hour, or even that brief 20 minutes you snatch as and when, can be the most chilled out hour or 20 minutes of your day”.

“Without the gym,” Ferdinand said, “I don’t know where I would’ve had that release time – that time just to think about nothing, or to think about something other than what was going on in my life.”

Ferdinand spoke of the beneficial effect that working out had on his mental health.

He said: “I’m simply happier when I’m in the gym and working out, and I think everything else flows better when I’m doing that. It invigorates me and calms me at the same time.”

 

Wayne Rooney pleads guilty to drink driving with enstranged woman and banned for 2 years

Rooney bows his head as he departs Stockport Magistrates' Court with agent Paul Stretford (pictured left) after pleading guilty to a drink drive charge 

Wayne Rooney has been banned from driving for the next two years, the former England and Manchester United skipper was seen leaving the court a very sad Man.

Rooney was judged to have drank above the legal limit of drinking; His breath reading was 104mg per 100ml of blood. The legal limit is 35mg.

Rooney arrived at court along with his agent Paul Stretford and flanked by two burly security guards

Wayne was also asked to pay a prosecution cost of £85  and a victim surcharge for the same amount.

The former England captain apologised for his ‘unforgivable lack of judgment’ in a statement issued after his plea; The Everton striker, 31, made no comment as he was confronted by a media scrum as he arrived at Stockport Magistrates’ Court – he pleaded guilty when he appeared at court and was given 100 hours of community service and a 24 month driving ban

18 year old boy weds his 17 year old fiancé in Abia state

Checkout photos of these two love throbs, they got married in Abia State, while there is turmoil some are tying the knot.

They are said to be teenagers, a facebook user who goes by the name Ifeadigomma Esther, wrote ‘D lord doing …..join me to celebrate d newest youngest couple in town….am so glad you guys said I Do today…God bless your marriage my amiable kid bro…. Enjoy…’

Happy Married life

 

Nigeria’s D’Tigers dethroned as Number on in African Basketball after loss

Afrobasket 2017: Tunisia overpower Nigeria's D’Tigers to emerge African champions

Nigeria’s D’Tigers were up against the Tunisian team and lost by 65-77  in the finals of the 2017 Afrobasket Championship. They failed to defend the trophy they won in 2015.

The Nigerian team got to a flying start in the  first quarter 14-8 but narrowly went behind in the second quarter as Tunisia took a 25-24 lead into the break. The turning point of the game came in the third quarter as Ziyed Chennoufi hit a three-pointer followed by a layup to give Tunisia their biggest lead of the game of 44-30.
Afrobasket 2017: Tunisia overpower Nigeria's D’Tigers to emerge African champions
Tunisia wrapped up victory 77-65 in the fourth quarter to be crowned African new champions. The male team could not repeat same feat as their female counterpart D’Tigress who won the 2017 Afrobasket Championship after defeating Senegal 65 – 48 in the final played on Sunday August 27 .

President Buhari enroute USA from Abuja

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has left Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, for the United States to attend the General Assembly meeting of the United Nations that will hold in New York.

He left Abuja on Sunday for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72), which opens on Tuesday September 19.

An earlier statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari would also visit London after the meeting in the United States.

He did not, however, disclose the purpose of Buhari’s visit to London nor when he will return.

Adesina in the statement said: “President Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country.”

Buhari returned to Nigeria on August 19 after spending over 100 days in London on medical vacation.

The President is accompanied on the US trip by the governors of Zamfara – Abdulazeez Yari, Ebonyi – Dave Umahi, and Ondo – Rotimi Akeredolu.

The Presidential Spokesman said the high point of the Buhari’s visit will be his participation in the General Debate during which he would deliver the country’s National Statement.

“President Buhari will join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and also hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe.

“Equally, the Nigerian leader will hold a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders”, the statement read.