Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Nigeria deserves a permanent membership of the United Nations, UN, Security Council because of its contributions to international peace keeping, population and economy.
Osinbajo said this while delivering a keynote address at the Africa launch of the Global Commission Report entitled, ‘Confronting the Crisis of Global Governance,’ at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
“Nigeria fully shares the views expressed in the report that the United Nation’ Security Council should be expanded including the call for restraint on the use of veto by the five permanent members of the council.
“In addition, we take the position based on our peacekeeping role in the United Nations, the size of our economy and the fact that we have the largest population in the continent to say that Nigeria deserves a permanent status in the Security Council,” he said.
He said since Africa is the only continent without a permanent seat in the UN Security Council, Nigeria has the strongest profile to represent the continent in order to balance its membership composition.
Speaking on the issue of good governance, Osinbajo said the crisis of global governance has deeply contributed to and continues to engender insecurity, corruption, injustice, insurgency, violent extremism, terrorism, piracy, cyber-crime, underdevelopment, climate change fears among many vices.
He said the way out of the crisis in Africa was for leaders to treat their people not as mere statistics, but with the respect and human dignity that they deserve, stressing that “this can only be reflected by government in the provision of social services and giving opportunities to their people.’’
Earlier, Professor Ibrahim Gambari underscored the significance of the global alliance for security, justice and good governance, especially for Africa as a continent and stressed the need for a permanent Security Council membership status for Nigeria.

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