The Nigerian mission is reported to have messed up the itinerary of President Muhammadu Buhari at the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York.
Early Saturday Reuters News Agency reported that Nigeria had no official representation at a High Level Meeting on insecurity and displaced people in the Lake Chad Basin region as the President missed such an important event.
Nigeria was the only major player not present during the meeting, which was organized by the United Nations Under-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien, which resulted in international diplomats to say they were disappointed in Nigeria’s conduct.
The Cable reported today that President Buhari “was also prevented from meeting with Pope Francis because he was not properly briefed by the Nigerian UN mission staff.”
The Cable report continued saying, “the pope delivered a speech at the general assembly on Friday at 10am. Not only was Buhari made to come in late to the meeting because of untidy arrangements, he also took a wrong gate rather than the one reserved for presidents and heads of state. He was subsequently prevented from seeing the pope by security operatives because of his late arrival.”
According to the report, “Buhari came in while other Presidents and Heads of government had already lined up to shake the Pope, and he was prevented by security operatives from joining in”.