Buhari: Climate change reduces prosperity, contributes to crimes

-Ikenna Okafor

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed his commitment to issues relating to climate change and to fighting the challenges facing developing countries.

President Muhammadu Buhari

In his address at the 77th United Nations General Assembly, UNGA, in New York, the United States of America, the president called on governments to develop strategies which aim to deliver climate change mitigations.

“I have dwelt on the issue of climate change, especially as it fuels conflicts and complicates food security. Climate change reduces opportunity and prosperity which, in Africa, Latin America and some parts of Asia also contribute to transnational organized crimes”

“We know what we can do to mitigate the effects of the climate crisis and the related energy challenge. As a first step, we must all commit to releasing the financing and the technology to create a stable and affordable framework for energy transition”

It could be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari did not address the Assembly as a Military Head of State in 1984 but did so in 2015, as a democratically elected President of Nigeria. He also reminded the assembly of his government’s commitment to free and fair elections.

“At the 78th UNGA, there will be a new face at this podium speaking for Nigeria. I have set the goal that one of the enduring legacies I would like to leave is to entrench a process of free, fair and transparent and credible elections through which Nigerians elect leaders of their choice” he stated.

This year’s general debate at the General Assembly of the Heads of State and Government explore solutions to the intertwined global challenges under the theme, “A watershed moment: transformative solutions to interlocking challenges.”

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