Nigeria’s election to the UN Security Council will further enhance international peace and security said President Goodluck Jonathan, Addressing the UN General Assembly’s high-level debate at the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday, Jonathan made a strong case for Nigeria’s election to the council. He noted that the country’s performance on previous occasions when it held a non-permanent seat on the council was commendable.“Our support for the United Nations Security Council in its primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security has been total and unwavering. “We have, in previous membership of the council, demonstrated both the political will and capacity to engage in key council responsibilities. SEE MORE AFTER CUT>>>>
“I am pleased to state that Nigeria has received the endorsement of the Economic Community of West African States and the African Union. “We, therefore, urge this august assembly to endorse Nigeria’s candidature for a non-permanent seat on the Security Council,” Jonathan said. He, however, called for faster action toward the democratisation of the UN Security Council, stressing that Nigeria and other developing countries were concerned about the lack of progress in the reformation of the UN. “I believe that I express the concern of many about the slow pace of effort and apparent lack of progress in the reform of the United Nations, especially the Security Council. “We believe, strongly, that the call for democratisation worldwide should not be for states only but also for international organisations, such as the United Nations. “That is why we call for the democratisation of the Security Council. “This is desirable for the enthronement of justice, equity, and fairness and also for the promotion of a sense of inclusiveness and balance in our world,” he said.Jonathan also called for a renewed and concerted effort, by the international community, to effectively resolve all issues that currently impeded global peace, stability and progress.