CONGRATULATIONS NIGERIA; & FELICITATIONS TO TIJJANI MOHAMMAD-BANDE —- As Nigerian Gets the Nod of the International Community as President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly


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“The world will not respect Africa until Nigeria earns that respect. ‘’The black people of the world need Nigeria to be great as a source of pride and confidence” – Nelson Mandela NIGERIA will produce the President of the 74th United Nations General Assembly. By implication, a Nigerian will be President of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, commencing September 15, 2019, and will be in office for the statutory period of one year. Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, the current Permanent Delegate of Nigeria to the United Nations will preside over the 74th UN Session of the world body. This is the second time a Nigerian would have the opportunity to preside over the UN body. Highly urbane late Major-Gen. Joseph Nanven Garba, was Nigeria’s Minister of External Affairs during Nigeria’s hyper-active years of diplomatic offensive that earned South-Africa and the Frontline States political independence. Joe Garba transmuted from Minister of Foreign Affairs to serve as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. In this capacity, Garba served as president of the United Nations General Assembly from 1989 to 1990, and President of the United Nations Security Council, a post that was later held by Prof Joy Ogwu, a versatile female diplomat.  Garba bonded beautifully with former Minister of External Affairs, high-flyer Prof Bolaji Akinyemi, the originator of the concept of the “Concert of Medium Powers” to advance the cause of Nigeria in the international forum. Other Ministers of Foreign Affairs who took the same route are Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the longest serving Nigerian Permanent Representative who went further to become the UN Under-Secretary-General to the UN and Prof. (Mrs) Joy Ogwu, who served variously as Minister, Director-General of the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs and later Nigeria’s Permanent Representative. Nigeria has a glorious history with regard to participation in global and international events on platforms provided by the United Nations, the African Union, the Commonwealth, the Economic Community of West African States, and NEPAD.  Nigeria’s Chief Emeka Anyaoku who had a brief stint at the UN in the early years of his diplomatic career has served as the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth. Also, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, current Co-Chairman of the Ex-Worlds Presidents Council has served as co-chairman of the Commonwealth, chairman of the African Union and the Non-Aligned Movement. In addition, Professor Michael Abiola Omolewa has served as the President of the 32nd General Conference of…

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