President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed, on the World Leader Prize at the inaugural Global Citizen award ceremony held in London.
Buhari, in a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, in Abuja, hailed Amina for the recognition of her efforts to make life better for the poor and underprivileged all over the world, especially in Nigeria.
He added that as the world celebrates her zeal and commitment to enhancing lives via the UN goals, her experience, wisdom and the network gained will forever be relevant for the time and posterity.
Congrats to her.
Amina Jane Mohammed (born 27 June 1961) is a Nigerian-British politician who is the current Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. She was formerly the Federal Minister of the Environment of Nigeria.
Amina Mohammed was born in Liverpool, UK, in 1961 to a Nigerian veterinarian-officer and a British nurse. She is the eldest of five daughters.
Mohamed attended a primary school in Kaduna and Maiduguri, and Buchan School in the UK. She further attended Henley Management College in 1989. After she finished her studies her father demanded she return to Nigeria.
Mohammed served as Federal Minister of Environment in the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari from November 2015 to December 2016. During that time, she was Nigeria’s representative in the African Union (AU) Reform Steering Committee, chaired by Paul Kagame. She resigned from the Nigerian Federal Executive Council on 24 February 2017.
In 2017, Mohammed was accused of participation in a Chinese scam to illegally import endangered Nigerian rosewood during her term as Nigeria’s environment minister. The Nigerian government has denied the claims.
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