Nigerian Professor, Tijjani Mohammad Bande, has been appointed as the new President of the United Nations General Assembly(UNGA). He is the second Nigerian to be appointed to this post, prior being Mr. Joseph Nanven Garba(1989-1990). Prof. Tijjani Bande will succeed María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés.
- Prof. Tijjani Bande was born at Zagga (Present-Kebbi State) and he was the permanent representative of Nigeria to the UN.He is a graduate in Political Science from Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria and holds MA (Political Science) from Boston University, USA as well as Ph.D (Political Science) from the University of Toronto, Canada.
- He served the Le Centre Africain de Formation et de Recherche Administratives pour le Dèveloppement (CAFRAD) as the Director-General from January 2000 to February 2004. Between 2004 and 2009, he was the Vice-Chancellor Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto. He has also served as the Director-General of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Nigeria from 2010 to 2016.
- He is the recipient of Nigeria’s Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR), one of Nigeria’s highest national honours. Along with this, he has also won merit awards from various institutions and Governments, including US and China.