Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, Nigerian political scientist, administrator, career diplomat and a distinguished Abusite, yesterday (Monday, 16 September) took over as President of the 74th UN General Assembly.
Professor Tijjani Mohammad-Bande who was the permanent representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, also served as the Vice-President of the General Assembly during its 71st session in September 2016.
At a ceremony inside the United Nations General Assembly Hall yesterday, Ms Maria Espinosa, the President of the 73rd UN General handed over to Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande, who will lead the 74th session of the assembly in the next one year.
The ceremony was witnessed by top officials of the UN led by the Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres. The Nigerian presidential team, was led by another distinguished Abusite, the Director-General, National Intelligence Agency (NIA) Mr Ahmed Abubakar.
The 61 years old diplomat will be the third Nigerian to hold the office after the retired military officer and diplomat, Joseph Garba, and former permanent representative to the UN, Professor Joy Ogwu.
“Peace and security, poverty eradication, zero hunger, quality education, climate action, and inclusion will constitute a major priority of my presidency”, said the Nigerian ambassador.
He is also committed “to promoting partnerships that are needed from all stakeholders to achieve our objectives, and ultimately ensure that we do our best to ensure peace and prosperity, particularly, for the most vulnerable”.
Theabusite looks at seven things about Tijjani Mohammed-Bande:
Academic background of Tijjani Muhammad-Bande
Professor Tijjani Muhammad-Bande is an outstanding scholar and diplomat who received a B.Sc (Political Science) from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria (1979); MA (Political Science), Boston University, USA (1981); and Ph.D (Political Science), University of Toronto, Canada (1987).
- From a lecturer to Vice Chancellor
He started at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria, rising from Graduate Assistant in 1980 to full Professor in 1998, and ultimately to Vice-Chancellor, in 2004, a position he held for five years.
- Director General of intergovernmental Centre for governance reform
Between 2000 and 2004, he served as the Director-General of Le Centre Africain de Formation et de Recherche Administratives pour le Dèveloppement (CAFRAD), in Tangier, Morocco. Established by African Governments in 1964, CAFRAD is the continent’s premier intergovernmental Centre for governance reform.
- DG Nigeria’s National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies
From 2010 to 2016, Professor Muhammad-Bande held the position of Director-General of Nigeria’s National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, the country’s most reputable policy institution for training leaders from the public and private sectors, including high echelon officials of Nigeria’s Armed Forces. In that capacity, he inspired a marked improvement in the quality of the Institute’s programming and activities, and one of his signature initiatives in that regard was the establishment of the Political Parties Policy and Leadership Development Centre, the first of its kind in Africa.
- Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations
As Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, he worked with colleagues from all regions of the world to achieve common objectives.
- Vice-President of the General Assembly
He served as the Vice-President of the General Assembly during the 71st session and remains active in several fora, including as Chair of the United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations (C34), Member, Advisory Board of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre and Chair of the ECOWAS Group (2018-2019).
- President of the General Assembly
On Monday, 16 September 2019, At a ceremony inside the United Nations General Assembly Hall, Ms Maria Espinosa, the President of the 73rd UN General handed over to Nigeria’s Muhammad-Bande, who will lead the 74th session of the assembly in the next one year.