Buhari stated this at a symposium on Saturday organised by the Center for Public Research and Development in honor of Mohammed’s 60th Birthday.
The president was represented by Ibrahim Gambari, his chief of staff.
He praised Mohammed for her great strides in first leading the country in different spheres and subsequently moving on to the UN.
“As she turns 60, Mohammed still has her work cut out for her at the UN. She has set giant targets for herself and the UN, and so far, she has proven by her actions, which have translated into achievements that she was not only born to lead, she came prepared to do the work,” he said.
“Amina always selflessly led from the front. As Senior Special Assistant on MDGs, she pushed for the implementation of notable ideas like the establishment of a Virtual Poverty Fund and a Conditional Grant Scheme to help alleviate the plight of the low-income earners in Nigeria who currently make up more than 40 percent of the nation’s entire population.
“On this note, I am optimistic that she will become the first female Secretary-General. Who knows, six years is not far from here.”
The President noted that the leadership qualities Mohammed showed serving her nation in different capacities were what qualified her to be appointed by the UN secretary-general as his deputy, even for a second tenure.
He pointed out that her appointment might have been a loss to Nigeria but a gain to the world because she has gone on to lead the world in achieving gender equality and advancing the SDGs through the world body.