The Presidency has responded to media reports on the alleged appointment of Amina Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment as the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, saying “she remains our Minister of Environment.’’
Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, in a tweet on Sunday in Abuja assured that Nigerians would be fully informed on any development concerning the matter.
“There is a lot of exuberance on the net concerning a UN job for Mrs Amina Mohammed. She remains our Minister of Environment. If there is anything on this that is released officially, we will let Nigerians know. I am pleased to know that she enjoys so much goodwill,’’ Shehu said.
A CBS News reporter for the United Nations, Pamela Falk, in a tweet had revealed that the world body would soon release a statement confirming the appointment of the Nigerian Minister of Environment.
Mrs Amina Mohammed is to be deputy to Antonio Guterres, who will assume office as UN Secretary-General on January 1, 2017.
She was appointed minister of Environment by President Muhammadu Buhari in November 2015. She was also of recent appointed to serve in the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee as the Nigeria’s Representative by President Buhari
Mohammed, who hails from Gombe State in North-East, had previously served as adviser to the outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.