Nigeria's Aspiration for the United Nations Security Permanent Seat

Nigeria's Aspiration for the United Nations Security Permanent Seat



This paper on “Nigeria’s Aspiration for the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Permanent Seat” explores and assesses the origin of the United Nations and the Security Council in line with the criticisms that make for the expansion in permanent membership of the Security Council inevitable. Though conscious of the biddings of South Africa and Egypt, the paper argues that Nigeria is clearly the most qualified because of her towering role in African and world affairs. This is reveal in historical perspective of her involvement in ensuring and maintaining international, regional and sub-regional peace. It also x-rays the involvement of Egypt and South Africa in promoting international peace as well as their economies and values. In line with this, the paper maintains that the central point is not on securing a permanent seat in the Security Council, but how Africa’s interest and values will be truly represented. The paper’s verdict is that, Nigeria’s aspiration for a permanent seat in the Security Council is the most convincing in that, of these three countries, (Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa), Nigeria emerges as having had the most authentic African experience.

Odey, Julius Simon

Key words: Security, apartheid, peace, Security Council, permanent seat, aspiration.

No period of human history had ever been void of war, whether of tribe against tribe or of nation against nation. This fact is applicable to the search for security. From the Concert of Europe through to the defunct League of Nations that emerged after the World War I and the present United Nations Organisation that arose from the ashes of the obsolete League of Nations, nation-states have constantly sought for peace and security. This is not to say that the international community has washed of its hands completely from the onus of ensuring and maintaining...

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