President Muhammadu Buhari in Seoul, South Korea said Nigeria was already experiencing the negative fallout of climate change seen in the flooding in different parts of the country, including encroaching desertification and drought from the northern part.
Buhari disclosed his observation when he granted Ban Ki-Moon, the former United Nations Secretary-General audience on the sidelines of the First World Bio Summit 2022 on Tuesday.
He expressed happiness with the cooperation existing between Nigeria and the Republic of Korea, especially in the area of energy supply, citing gas exports to the Asian country.
This was disclosed in a statement by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity.
Describing education as a key investment in addressing unemployment and underdevelopment, the Nigerian leader also noted that health challenges must be equally addressed.
On his part, the former Secretary-General sympathized with Buhari over the flooding while calling for more investment to improve education, avert environmental degradation and prevent diseases in a bid to meet the core Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Ban Ki-Moon thanked Buhari for attending the World Bio Summit, adding that his presence would highlight the importance of global action and cooperation in the development of vaccines and technology to meet the huge threat and challenges of pandemics.