President Goodluck Jonathan has dispatched a letter to the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon. The letter is inviting the UN envoy to Nigeria’s centenary celebration scheduled for February 27.
On Thursday, by the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson received the invitation on behalf of Ban Ki Moon who was in Kuwait for a fund raising conference to support the Syrian people. The invitation had been delivered by the Permanent Secretary of Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Martin Uhomoibhi. Uhomoibhi was accompanied by Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Prof. Joy Ogwu and the Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Usman Sarki.
Uhomoibhi described the letter as a special letter from Nigeria’s President, inviting the UN Secretary-General to do all he can to be present at the centenary celebration.
“There is a role for the Secretary-General’s office to deliver a goodwill message for Nigerians. The letter also contained a concept paper describing in very meticulous detail the importance which Nigeria ascribes to the celebration and the need for the UN to reinforce this commitment and the belief of Nigeria that our great country is committed to peace, democracy and good government.
“It also stresses the need to remain a united, strong and indivisible country for many, many years to come. “