Nigeria Demands Two Permanent Seats For Africa In UN Security Council
Nigerian Government has said it will pursue its demands for Africa to get two permanent seats in the United Nations (UN) Security Council.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, , who spoke on the sidelines of the ongoing 77th session of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in New York.
Onyeama said such move would make the UN a fair and more equitable organisation.
United States President Joe Biden had on September 21, be 2022, while addressing the UNGA during a high-level debate, called for the reformation of the UN Security Council.
Onyeama commended the U.S. President for speaking out on the issue and described it as one of the major highlights and takeaways of the 77th UNGA.
He said Biden’s call for the reformation of the council was in line with what African countries had been demanding over the years.
The minister also said it is sad that Africa is the only region in the world without a permanent seat in the council with a veto.
“President Biden’s call for the reformation of the UN Security Council is preaching to be converted.
“We have been calling for that as developing countries. Africa is the only region of the world that neither has a permanent seat in the Security Council nor a veto,” he said.
According to the minister, African leaders have been making such requests, which will make the UN a fair and more equitable organisation in terms of representation.
“We will be calling for Africa to be given two permanent seats in the Security Council. It is something that we have been demanding for a long time,” Onyeama said.