Egypt seeks support of Nigeria in UNESCO election

Acting President Osinbajo (R) with a Special Envoy from the Egyptian President Abd El-Fattah El-Sisi, Ms. Moushira Khattab in Abuja,

Egypt is seeking Nigeria’s support for the election of Ms. Moushira Khattab who is vying for the position of Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO.

Nigeria’s Acting President Yemi Osinbajo received Ms. Khattab in audience on Friday at the Presidential Villa, as a Special Envoy of Egyptian President, Abd El-Fattah El-Sisi.

Unity in Africa
Professor Osinbajo stated that it was important for African countries to remain united so that the continent would take its place in the international community.

“We have seen the great importance of UNESCO…The world body’s role has become more imperative now that Nigeria faces the challenges in the Northeast, especially as it concerns the Education planning of hundreds of thousands of displaced children,’’ he explained.

The acting President assured Ms. Khattab that Nigeria would consider the request of her country, Egypt.

He thanked the envoy for the visit and extended President Muhammadu Buhari’s friendly greetings to the Egyptian President.

Ms. Khattab said that the African Union has pledged to support her candidacy in the forthcoming UNESCO election.

She requested for Nigeria’s support, considering its important role and the great respect in Africa and globally.

Special Envoy Khattab also conveyed the greetings and best wishes of the Egyptian President to President Buhari, for speedy recovery and safe return to Nigeria.
Mercy Chukwudiebere