UN Appointment: Buhari Hails Amina Mohammed
President Muhammadu Buhari has officially handed over Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed to the United Nations following her elevation to the post of Deputy Secretary-General of the UN.
A statement by his media aide, Garba Shehu, said the president spoke with the newly sworn in Secretary General, Antonio Guterres who called to inform him (Buhari) of his decision to name Mohammed as the Deputy Secretary-General on Thursday.
Shehu said Buhari used the opportunity to reiterate his support for Guterres and congratulated him on his upcoming tenure.
Recall that Guterres on Thursday announced Amina Mohammed as his Deputy Secretary-General.
Guterres made the announcement through the spokesman of the Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric.
Prior to her appointment as Minister of Environment a year ago, Ms. Mohammed had served as the UN Under Secretary and Special Adviser to the outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning.
Shehu went further to say that the president endorsed the excellent selection of Mrs. Mohammed. “By her appointment, Nigeria has been honoured,” said the president.
He noted that Buhari thanked Mrs. Mohammed for her untiring contributions to transform Nigeria and said he looked forward to sustained collaboration between the UN and Nigeria.
He said he had no doubt that she would continue to make Nigeria proud at the global level.
The statement added: “It is expected that the Minister of Environment will be transitioning to her new role in March 2017. In the meantime, it is expected that she will continue to lay strong foundations with various important ongoing initiatives critical to the government’s success in the environment sector.”
“These include, but not limited to implementation of our Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement, the successful launch of the Sovereign Green Bonds in 2017, the ongoing Ogoni clean-up and development of the Great Green Wall.”