The election for the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly will hold on June 4, 2019 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Tijani Muhammad Bande is expected to emerge as the President of the 74th General Assembly of the United Nations. If elected Prof. Bande will become the second Nigerian to be President of this global apex body; the first being Maj. Gen. Joseph Nanven Garba (rtd.) who served as President from 1989 to 1990.
President Muhammad Buhari is solidly behind Prof. Bande’s candidature, he is of the convention that his candidature will provide an opportunity for Nigeria to champion the global call to offer solutions to the various challenges facing the world.
Some of the issues Prof. Bande will be addressing include promotion of international peace and security, conflict management, tackling climatic change, youth and women empowerment, as well as prompt implementation of resolutions passed at the General Assembly amongst others.
His Excellency Prof. Tijani Bande holds a B. Sc in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University (1979) and also M.A in Political Science from the Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (1981) and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada (1987).
Between 2000 to February 2004, he served as the Director-General of the Centre African de Formation et de Recherche Administrative pour le Development (CAFRAD) in Tangier, Morocco established by Nigerian Government in 1964.
He was the Vice-Chancellor of Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto between 2004 and 2009.
Professor Bande has also been a recipient of the National Merit Award (Nigeria) and has won merit awards and honors from institutions and Governments around the world including the United States and China.