Whoever says the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is not ready for the SDGs has probably not heard his passionate declaration during the adoption of the new goals at the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
In President Buhari’s words:
‘In Nigeria, we have seen extreme weather variations, rising sea levels, encroaching desertification, excessive rainfall, erosion and floods, land degradation. All threaten the ecosystem. These developments have devastating human costs and are affecting food security, livelihoods and the very survival of our people.
To address this, we have developed a national policy to guide Nigeria’s response to climate change. Our response is broadly based on the twin strategy of mitigation and adaptation’.
Buhari further urged member states to continue the fight to end poverty and to deal with new threats to peace. He committed Nigeria to combating problems detrimental to the economy and ecosystems created by the demand for oil.