President Muhammadu Buhari has left Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, for the United States to attend the General Assembly meeting of the United Nations that will hold in New York.

He left Abuja on Sunday for the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 72), which opens on Tuesday September 19.

An earlier statement by a spokesman for the President, Femi Adesina, said President Buhari would also visit London after the meeting in the United States. 

He did not, however, disclose the purpose of Buhari’s visit to London nor when he will return.

Adesina in the statement said: “President Buhari will transit through London on his way back to the country.”

Buhari returned to Nigeria on August 19 after spending over 100 days in London on medical vacation.

The President is accompanied on the US trip by the governors of Zamfara - Abdulazeez Yari, Ebonyi - Dave Umahi, and Ondo - Rotimi Akeredolu.

The Presidential Spokesman said the high point of the Buhari’s visit will be his participation in the General Debate during which he would deliver the country’s National Statement.

“President Buhari will join other world leaders at the welcoming reception to be hosted by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, and also hold a bilateral meeting with the UN scribe.

“Equally, the Nigerian leader will hold a lunch meeting with President Donald Trump of the United States of America, along with other world leaders”, the statement read.

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Adesina said, Nigeria would participate in high level meetings on ‘Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Building Momentum for Change,’ the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, a High Level Event organized by the African Union under its Theme of the Year: ‘Roadmap on the Demographic Dividend: from Commitment to Action,’ among others.

His departure from Nigeria is coming at a time crisis had erupted in the south-east over the deployment of military personnel in the region for operation Egwu Eke II meant to check vices - agitations for Biafra, kidnapping, robbery - in the ember month.

Several arrests have been made and the police will file charges for murder and arson.

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