Nigeria Says the UN Security Council is Obsolete & Undemocratic

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Nigeria has decried the obsolete and old-fashioned composition of the UN Security Council, describing it as undemocratic.

The Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Prof. Tijjani Bande, who spoke to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York said that there was an urgent need to reform the body.

The Security Council is the UN’s most powerful principal organ with the primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security as well as accepting new members to the UN.

It is vested with powers for the establishment of peacekeeping operations and the establishment of international sanctions.

The Council has the authorisation for military action through Security Council resolutions and it is the only UN body with the authority to issue binding resolutions to member states.

“First of all, the fundamental question is that in the current global reality, where everybody is talking democracy, United Nations must show example.

“Clearly, it is an anachronistic notion to have a body composed of few countries that can veto the entirety of the global community through the Council is not representative.

“It is an anomaly and I think that has been recognised but the politics of the reform not just of the UN in terms of the powers of the General Assembly and its functions.

The Nigerian envoy declared that Nigeria and some countries, currently left out, ‘rightly’ deserved a permanent seat on the Council considering the current realities.


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