Presidency faults controversy surrounding Buhari’s response at UN climate summit

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The presidency has said the criticism that trailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks at the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 on Monday, September 23, is uncalled for

 

– The president was criticised for delivering prepared remarks at the event

 

– The presidency says as a panelist it was up to President Buhari to choose to respond ex tempore, or to go the prepared remarks way

 

The presidency has faulted media reports criticising President Muhammadu Buhari’s remarks at the United Nations Climate Action Summit 2019 on Monday, September 23, saying such criticism is uncalled for.

 

The Nation reports that President Buhari delivered prepared remarks at the event and got criticised for doing so.

 

Legit.ng gathers that a statement by the Buhari’s media office said the president’s prepared remarks were in alignment with the theme of the panel event and the question he was asked.

 

The statement read: “The Climate Action Summit was convened by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, to provide an opportunity for world leaders to, “come to New York on 23 September with concrete, realistic plans to enhance their nationally determined contributions by 2020, in line with reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 45 per cent over the next decade, and to net zero emissions by 2050.”

According to the state, the theme of President Buhari’s panel was, “Towards a Resilient Future” — with the rider: “Announcement of plans to mainstream climate risk in decision making”.

 

The statement said panelists were billed to deliver remarks announcing their country/organisation plans to build a resilient, climate-sensitive future.

 

The statement added: “Keep in mind that as panels often work, the moderator’s question was meant to invite/usher him to take the stage, and share his remarks. As a panelist it was up to him to choose to respond ex tempore, or to go the ‘prepared remarks way.’

 

“He chose the prepared remarks way. And most importantly, he touched on the issues re: mainstreaming climate action for the future and for the young people of Nigeria.

“The only story here, for all serious minded people, is what he said, and what it means for the future and for the young people of Nigeria.”

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