By Philips Sunday

Abuja, (AN24) – President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the appointment of the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, as the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations by Antonio Guterres, the new UN Secretary-General.

President Buhari described her appointment as a welcome development, adding that Mrs. Mohammed will keep on working on his cabinet until March when she is expected to resume her new role with the UN.

Mr. Buhari made this comment in  a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu

According to the statement, the President spoke with the in-coming Secretary- General, Guterres, who called earlier this evening to inform him (President Buhari) of his decision to pick Mrs Mohammed as the Deputy Secretary-General.

“President Buhari used the opportunity to reiterate his support and congratulations to Mr. Antonio Guterres on his upcoming tenure in the service.’’

The statement added that, the president endorses the “excellent selection of Amina J. Mohammed as the next Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

“By her appointment, Nigeria has been honoured,” the President was quoted as saying.

Furthermore, President Buhari thanked Mrs. Mohammed for her untiring contribution to transform Nigeria and said he looked forward to sustained collaboration between the UN and Nigeria, adding that he had no doubt that she would continue to make Nigeria proud at the global level.

The statement added that: “It is expected that the Minister of Environment will be transitioning to her new role in March 2017.

“In the meantime, it is expected that she will continue to lay strong foundations with various important ongoing initiatives critical to the government’s success in the Environment sector.

“These include, but not limited to, implementation of our Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Climate Agreement, the successful launch of the Sovereign Green Bonds in 2017, the ongoing Ogoni cleanup and development of the Great Green Wall.”

Mohammed, the current Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, served as UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser to outgoing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning.