On Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari will speak at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York , his fourth and perhaps final appearance . What will he tell world leaders ?
Briefing the press about preparations , Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama indicated the trip would be no more than a ritual “ an opportunity to engage, interface and share best practices toward reaching common understanding and consensus on key issues of global significance. ”
Listen to Onyeama’ s telling circumlocution: “ Nigeria ’ s expected outcome at the 73rd UNGA should be to achieve a well- planned, synchronised and successful participation of Nigeria at the 73rd Session , under the guidance of ( Buhari ) . ”
It is only in Nigeria that participation is considered an outcome, that is: an achievement.
But where have we tendered the concept of “ opportunity, ” in the past, and interpreted it as an achievement ? Yes , that was at Mr .
Buhari ’ s inauguration.