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UN Secretary-General Guterres makes first official visit to Nigeria, meets Borno Gov. Zulum, IDPs

...he is scheduled to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and other top government officials

United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, on Tuesday began his first official visit to Nigeria with  Maiduguri, the Borno State capital as his first port of call in his two-day tour of Nigeria.

He began the visit in Borno, where the country has been struggling in its fight against Islamist militants.

Guterres is billed to interface with his host, Borno Gov. Babagana Zulum, and also interact with surrendered fighters and families affected by the Boko Haram conflict ravaging the region for more than 12 years.

The UN Secretary-General will round off his visit with a joint media briefing at Government House Maiduguri, with Governor Zulum later in the day.

Guterres had earlier visited Niger Republic and Senegal.

The United Nations lnformation Centre in Nigeria said the Secretary General will also evaluate the impact of climate change on vulnerable communities and assess progress made as well as challenges to the COVID-19 recovery.

Guterres is scheduled to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) and other top government officials.

While in Abuja, Guterres is expected to officiate at a wreath-laying ceremony for victims of the 2011 bombing at the U.N. House and later meet with young people’s delegates, selected women, religious leaders and diplomatic communities and journalists.

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