President Muhammadu Buhari Friday in New York met with some Nigerian youths where he gave insight into severe climate challenges confronting the country.

Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, said Buhari met with the youngsters under the aegis  of Nigerian Youths’ Climate Group shortly before departing the United States for Abuja at the conclusion of his engagements on the sidelines of the 74th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA74).

According to the statement, the president blamed Nigeria’s experience on climate change on the country’s proximity to Sahara Desert, shrinking Lake Chad, population explosion and insufficient rainfall.

“Nigeria is a neighbour to the Sahara Desert; Lake Chad is shrinking while population is exploding. It’s a challenging situation. With less land, less rainfall, these are very unique problems for the country,” he was quoted as saying.

The statement also said Buhari lauded the youths for representing Nigeria at UNGA as Climate Change Champions, telling them “it is good you are participating so that you can appreciate the problems older people are having.”

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