Ex-UDU Vice Chancellor Emerges UN General Assembly President

Prof. Tijani Muhammad-Bande with UN Secretary General, António Guterre.

By Shola Abayomi

A former vice chancellor of Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto, Professor Tijanni Mohammed Bande, has emerged the new President of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

The outgoing president of the UN General Assembly, María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, made the disclosure today in a joint media briefing with the Foreign Affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama at the State House.

The appointment, which was announced after a brief meeting with President Muhammad Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, takes immediate effect.

Bande, until his appointment, was the permanent representative of Nigeria to United Nations. He was also a former director-general of the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, Plateau State.

Born in Zagga in present day Kebbi State, Bande holds a Masters of Art (M.A) degree in Political Science from the Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA in 1981 and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada in 1987. He was the Vice-Chancellor Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, bewtwen 2004 and 2009.


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