Security Council Poll: Obama, Adefuye Congratulate Nigeria, Others
United States President, Mr. Barrack Obama and the Nigeria's Ambassador to the US, Prof. Adebowale Ibidapo Adefuye, have hailed the victory of Nigeria, Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Saudi Arabia at Thursday's non-permanent seats of the United Nations Security Council.
Speaking through a statement signed by Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and made available to journalists yesterday, President Obama said that the seats were well deserved by the new entrants, adding that the United States would remain committed to addressing the most pressing threats to international peace and security.
"As we look ahead to their upcoming terms on the Council, the United States remains committed to addressing the most pressing threats to international peace and security, including by implementing Security Council Resolution 2118 to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons; furthering efforts to address the humanitarian crisis and work toward a political solution in Syria; tackling ongoing and emerging conflicts in the Great Lakes, Sudan and South Sudan, Somalia, Mali, the Central African Republic and elsewhere; countering the scourge of terrorism around the world; and promoting democracy and human rights so all people have a voice in shaping their future" the statement concluded.
Also reacting in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, Nigeria's Ambassador to the United States, Prof. Ade Adefuye, said that the outcome of the election had shown that all the efforts of Nigeria on the Security Council and the United Nations as a body were greatly appreciated by the international community.
Adefuye who said that Nigeria truly deserved the non-permanent seat on the Security Council added that the country had been able to contribute meaningfully to the efforts of the Council when it was elected to serve as a non-permanent member representing the West Africa under the leadership of the Nigeria's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof Joy U. Ogwu between 2010 and 2011.
The Nigeria's envoy continued that Nigeria would remain fully committed to the struggle of the Security Council to ensure international peace as well as the council's combat against crisis, terrorism and usage of light weapons.