For unleashing the military on a civilian population, massive protests await President Muhammadu Buhari in New York City and London as he leaves Abuja tomorrow for a trip to New York City where he is to participate in the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that his boss would route his return via London.
This would again raise questions about Mr. Buhari’s health. There might be suspicion that it is a ploy for the president to see his doctors in the UK for an already scheduled treatment. He had recently spent 104 days in London on a second medical vacation.
Mr. Buhari would deliver his address with the theme “Focusing on people: “striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet” on Tuesday, according to Adesina.
He said, “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 of the United States of America, Donald Trump, along with other world leaders.
“During the General Assembly, Nigeria will 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.”
Interestingly, at a time the president is being accused of killing his own people, Adesina added, “Other priorities for the Nigerian delegation at UNGA 72 include strengthening human rights institutions; the rule of law; support for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) as a result of terrorist acts and recent flooding, and mitigating the effects of climate change.”
Mr. Buhari will be accompanied by the governors of Zamfara, Ebonyi, and Ondo States, as well as some members of his cabinet.
Nigerians in Diapora and some IPOB members, who are angered by President Buhari’s high-handed deployment of troops in the South East under the guise of “Operation Python Dance II” are already waiting for him in New York and London, where they have planned to stage demonstrations against his poor human rights record, brought again to the fore by alleged killing and brutalization of unarmed civilians by the soldiers he sent to suppress the agitation by members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
IPOB is pushing for secession from Nigeria. The group alleges decades of marginalization and injustice meted out to Igbos in the country.