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Buhari What were President's daughters doing at the UN General Assembly?

Were the First Daughters part of the delegation? Did they make any of the delegate lists?

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Mrs Buhari shares the spotlight with her daughters play

Mrs Buhari shares the spotlight with her daughters

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President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly made it to the 71st United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York with an 86-man delegation.

The breakdown of the President’s team included the following: A 16 man presidential advance team, 14 presidential aides, 32 ministers and aides, 24 officials of foreign affairs and other MDAs (Ministries, Department and Agencies).

By recession standards, that still appears like some crowd.

President Buhari greets some of the advance team play Buhari pumps hand with part of the advance delegation (Gloria Adagbon)

 

Nigerians were outraged when news of the size of the President's delegation first found its way into cyberspace. In a time of recession, most Nigerians spoken to for this story say, the President's delegation should have been leaner.

Quizzed on the size of the President's delegation on Channels Television on Tuesday, September 20, 2016, Kemi Adeosun who is the Finance Minister, said government was indeed cutting cost.

She added that she should have been among the party to the UNGA, if government was still run the way it was in the past.

Former President Goodluck Jonathan once famously made it to the United Nations General Assembly in New York with some 600 persons.

According to Adeosun, a circular was sent to everyone in the bureaucracy that read something like this: "If you don't have meetings at the UNGA, stay back home."

The President's wife, Aisha Buhari, also made it to the UNGA with 22 persons, including wives of Governors. According to media reports, Mrs Buhari funded her delegation from her purse.

But it isn't the size of Mrs. Buhari's delegation that has got everyone talking. Social media users have shared the lead photo for this story of two (?) of the Buharis sharing a spot with their Mom at the UN General Assembly.

It also seemed like the ladies were having a ball, earpieces and all.

President Buhari touches down in New York for the UNGA play Buhari greets Nigerians as he touches down in New York (Gloria Adagbon)

 

Were they part of Mrs. Buhari's or the President's delegation? Did they make any of the delegate lists?

Pulse did reach out to Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in the Office of the Vice President, for his reaction, but he hadn't responded to our message at the time of heading to press.

 A media aide of Mrs. Buhari's also declined comments on the picture and the role of the First Daughters at the UNGA.

"They made the trip", said an APC official who craved anonymity for this story, "but strictly on the bill of Mrs Buhari's charity. The federal government wasn't responsible for their tickets".

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