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Buhari Congratulates UN Secretary-General Designate Sympathises with Thai

President Muhammadu Buhari congratulates Antonio Guterres on his appointment by the United Nations General Assembly as the next UN Secretary General, beginning from January 1, 2017.
President Buhari, who is on a three-day official visit to Germany, believes that Guterres’ wealth of experience as a former Prime Minister of Portugal, head of UN Refugee Agency for several years, diplomat and a politician of repute, eminently prepared and qualified him for the new position.
As a committed member of the United Nations, President Buhari avers that, Nigeria looks forward to working and supporting Guterres to address the world’s most pressing challenges – from defeating terrorism and violent extremism for a peaceful and prosperous future to reducing poverty and tackling the devastating effects of climate change; as well as confronting the root causes of migrants and refugee crisis.
The President strongly believes that for the UN to remain relevant in the 21st century, the new UN Secretary-General must redouble efforts and spearhead essential reforms of the world body to enable it effectively address current global challenges.
President Buhari also congratulates the outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on his successful tenure and dedicated service to humanity.
The President notes that the world indeed owes a debt of gratitude to the outgoing Secretary-General for spearheading the Sustainable Development Goals and achieving the historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change, among other laudable achievements.
President Buhari acknowledges the roles played by the UN and its agencies in strengthening democracy, good governance and stability in Nigeria, under the leadership of Ban Ki-Moon.
The President, while wishing the outgoing Secretary-General well in his future endeavours, extends his goodwill to the new Secretary-General.
Mr. President, on the other hand, extends heartfelt condolences to the entire royal family, the government and people of Thailand on the death of His Majesty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
On behalf of the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Buhari extols His majesty’s extraordinary and committed leadership to his people over a period of seven decades; and his exceptional stewardship which saw Thailand emerge as one of South East Asia’s leading economies.
The President believes the highly revered monarch will be long remembered for his towering role and dedication to improving the lives and aspirations of the Thai people.
He acknowledges that under the monarch’s reign, Thailand witnessed remarkable transformation in every sphere of life, including making agriculture the bedrock of economic development.
Buhari expresses the hope that Thailand and indeed all who mourn King Adulyadej will continue to honour his legacy of selfless service and commitment to human dignity.
He prays God Almighty to grant his soul eternal rest and comfort his family, well-wishers and the Thai people in this period of loss and national mourning.

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