On the first day of a two-day visit to Nigeria, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is in northeast Borno state, where the government has been battling terrorists.
It is the UN Secretary-first General’s trip to Nigeria since his appointment. The trip is part of his regular Ramadan solidarity tours to different countries. This year, however, Guterres is focused on countries afflicted by terrorism, as well as the impact of the Russia-Ukraine conflict on Africa.
Guterres had already visited Senegal and Niger before coming to Nigeria.
The Secretary General is expected to meet with Borno state governor Babagana Zulum in Maiduguri, the state capital, before embarking on a field mission to meet families affected by the Boko Haram conflict, which has ravaged the region for more than twelve years, according to the UN information centre in Nigeria.
He will also review the impact of climate change on vulnerable populations, as well as the progress made and the obstacles facing the COVID-19 recovery, according to the centre.
After that, Guterres will travel to Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, and other senior cabinet officials.
Guterres will meet with young people’s delegates, women, religious leaders, diplomatic communities, and journalists in Abuja after officiating a wreath-laying ceremony for victims of the 2011 U.N. house bombing.