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It is no longer news that Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Tijjani Muhammad Bande has emerged president of the 74th UN General Assembly.
Muhammad-Bande, sole candidate for the position, emerged through acclamation at the 87th plenary meeting of the Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

He will be inaugurated in September. President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Muhammad- Bande as Nigeria’s representative to the UN on March 31, 2018.

1 He was born on December 7, 1957, in Zagga, present-day Kebbi State.

  1. He 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).

  2. He started at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria, rising from Graduate Assistant in 1980 to full Professor in 1998.

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  1. 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.

5 He became Vice-Chancellor, in 2004, a position he held for five years. As Vice Chancellor, with about twenty thousand (20,000) full-time students spread across various faculties, the University came first in the accreditation of academic programmes in Nigerian universities in 2007.

6.He served as the director-general of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS) from 2010 to 2016.

  1. As Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, he worked with colleagues from all regions of the world to achieve common objectives. 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).

  2. He is the second Nigerian to hold the office after Joseph Garba, a retired military officer and diplomat, who led the organ between 1989 and 1990.

  3. Professor Muhammad-Bande has also been an assessor for the National Merit Award (Nigeria) and for professorial positions in universities.

  4. He has won merit awards and honours from institutions and Governments, including the United States and China. Most notably, he is a recipient of Nigeria’s Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), one of Nigeria’s highest national honours.

  5. He is married with four children and his hobbies include swimming, soccer, field hockey, farming and music.
    It is no longer news that Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Tijjani Muhammad Bande has emerged president of the 74th UN General Assembly.
    Muhammad-Bande, sole candidate for the position, emerged through acclamation at the 87th plenary meeting of the Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

He will be inaugurated in September. President Muhammadu Buhari had appointed Muhammad- Bande as Nigeria’s representative to the UN on March 31, 2018.

1 He was born on December 7, 1957, in Zagga, present-day Kebbi State.

  1. He 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).

  2. He started at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, Nigeria, rising from Graduate Assistant in 1980 to full Professor in 1998.

  3. 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.

5 He became Vice-Chancellor, in 2004, a position he held for five years. As Vice Chancellor, with about twenty thousand (20,000) full-time students spread across various faculties, the University came first in the accreditation of academic programmes in Nigerian universities in 2007.

6.He served as the director-general of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies NIPSS) from 2010 to 2016.

  1. As Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, he worked with colleagues from all regions of the world to achieve common objectives. 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).

  2. He is the second Nigerian to hold the office after Joseph Garba, a retired military officer and diplomat, who led the organ between 1989 and 1990.

  3. Professor Muhammad-Bande has also been an assessor for the National Merit Award (Nigeria) and for professorial positions in universities.

  4. He has won merit awards and honours from institutions and Governments, including the United States and China. Most notably, he is a recipient of Nigeria’s Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), one of Nigeria’s highest national honours.

  5. He is married with four children and his hobbies include swimming, soccer, field hockey, farming and music.

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