President Jonathan Praises Nigeria’s Election To UN Security Council

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Akin Akande, Abuja

President Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday praised the nation’s election to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Nigerian was elected with a total of 186 out of a possible 193 votes.

According to him, the endorsement of Nigeria’s candidature for the Security Council seat by the vast majority of member-countries was “a glowing expression of support and encouragement for Nigeria’s active participation in the promotion of peace, security and political stability in Africa and other parts of the world.”

A statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, said that the President was particularly delighted by this historic victory.

He assured the global community that Nigeria, under his leadership, would continue to make very significant contributions towards the achievement and sustenance of global peace and security.

“On behalf of the Federal Government and people of Nigeria, President Jonathan wishes to convey his sincere appreciation for the support of all member-countries of the United Nations who voted for Nigeria’s election to the Security Council.

“This is the fourth time since it became independent in 1960 that Nigeria is being elected to the UN Security Council. It is also the second time (2010-2011 and 2014-2015) that Nigeria would be elected to the Council under the Jonathan Presidency,” the statement said