The Secretary-General, Mr Ban Kimoon met on Tuesday, 24th September, 2013, with the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCON. They discussed recent developments in Nigeria, particularly the persistent violence in the north of the country and the need to ensure that humanitarian aid remains accessible to all civilians. The Secretary-General reaffirmed the readiness of the United Nations to continue to support Nigeria’s efforts to restore peace and security and to protect civilians in that part of the country.
The Secretary-General and the President exchanged views on the welcome progress achieved in Mali, and Guinea-Bissau, and also in implementing the Greentree agreement between Nigeria and Cameroon.
The Secretary-General underlined the importance of the post-2015 agenda and he welcomed the critical role that Nigeria will play as co-chair of the Intergovernmental Expert Committee on Financing Sustainable Development.