|Ban Ki-moon and Nigerian President Buhari speak to the press following their meeting in Abuja|
The United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, on Monday [Aug 24] called for the unconditional release of the over 200 girls abducted in their school in Chibok, Borno State last year and other abductees of the Boko Haram sect.
Ban Ki-Moon made the appeal while addressing State House correspondents shortly after having a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as part of the activities lined up for his two-day visit to the country.
#UNSG Ban Ki-moon and Nigerian President @MBuhari speak to the press following their meeting in #Abuja pic.twitter.com/TehyG66yhv— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) August 24, 2015
His call came the week the girls will be spending their 500th day in captivity. He commended Buhari who he said had embarked on an agenda for change in which he was prioritising security and anti-corruption war.
He promised UN support for the President’s agenda, saying “When you change Nigeria, you have also changed Africa.”
Buhari on his part said they discussed the difficult time Nigeria had found itself during the meeting. He said the step was taken so that the UN could assist the country. He thanked Ban Ki-Moon for extending invitation to him to attend the UN General Assembly holding in New York on September 27 and 28.
|Ban Ki-Moon lays wreath at UN House in Abuja 4 years after bombing UN Building in Nigeria|
At the UN building in Nigeria’s capital city, he condemned acts of extremism by the Boko Haram terrorist group. “Terrorism must be brought to an end not only in Nigeria but the world over so that peace could reign again among the peoples,” the UN Secretary General said.
the second day of the official visit, the UN Secretary General will visit
health units and immunisation centre in Garki area of Abuja to further assess
Nigeria’s efforts towards the actualisation of the Millennium Development
|Ban Ki-moon visits Garki 2 Health Centre in Abuja|
Part of the activities for Monday is a dialogue and lunch with Nigerian Business actors under the theme “The role of Nigerian Business and Economy in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and addressing Climate Change”.
The highpoint of Mr Ki-moon’s visit will be his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, which will be rounded off with a joint press conference. There will also be a dinner hosted by President Buhari in honour of the esteemed guest.
Be proud of your work, working for humanity @UN SG Ban Ki-moon urges UN staff in Nigeria pic.twitter.com/C6AgVLdfEm— UNIC Lagos (@UNICLagos) August 24, 2015
#UNSG lays wreath at UN House in Abuja 4 years after bombing @UN_Nigeria @UNICLagos pic.twitter.com/fwkp3d3fbQ— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) August 24, 2015
#UNSG Ban Ki-moon visits Garki 2 Health Centre in Abuja #Nigeria #Action2015 @UN_Nigeria @UNICLagos pic.twitter.com/qEzzZEBhsF— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) August 24, 2015
#UNSG Ban Ki-moon talks to children at Garki Junior Secondary School #Abuja #Nigeria @UN_Nigeria @UNICLagos pic.twitter.com/DATmr4OALJ— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) August 24, 2015
In Nigeria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon honours victims of the 2011 terror attack on UN office in Abuja. pic.twitter.com/VXHDq0G9ws— United Nations (@UN) August 24, 2015