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The President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd . ), abruptly lost connection on Thursday while addressing a United Nations event .

The virtual meeting tagged “ High-Level Event on Financing for Development in the Era of COVID -19 and Beyond” , was at the instance of the United Nations Secretary-General , António Guterres .

Canadian Prime Minister , Justin Trudeau, and his Jamaican counterpart, Andrew Holness , co -hosted the high -level discussions , with over 50 world leaders participating .

Buhari’ s connection from Abuja had hitches right from the start , as he went on and off for seconds before the video connection went off completely, The PUNCH reports.
The organisers quickly called on the Prime Minister of Thailand , Prayut Chan-o -cha , to make his own presentation.

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Chan-o -cha too seemed to have connection issues, but he substituted his presentation with a pre -recorded video speech .
A number of connections from other leaders also had brief hitches .

Before his connection went off , Buhari had highlighted the impact of COVID -19 on African countries, particularly their loss of revenues , making it difficult for them to fund their 2020 budget.

For Nigeria, he said it was hard-hit by the crash in oil revenue , the mainstay of its monolithic economy .

However, Buhari informed his co -participants that his regime had introduced measures , including retooling the economy through “ home-grown strategies ” to ensure that Nigeria survived the pandemic now and beyond.

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