The People`s Republic of China, has endorsed Nigeria`s bid for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council. A statement issued yesterday by Mr. Turaki Hassan, Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, said that China’s endorsement was reached at a meeting between Speaker Dogara and Chinese officials at the United Nations, New York.
“China`s endorsement of Nigeria`s bid was disclosed by the Speaker of the People`s Parliament of China Mr. Zhang Dejiang after a meeting with Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara in New York, United States on Sunday. “Speaker Dogara had pleaded with China to use its position as a permanent member of the UN security council to support Nigeria`s quest for the democratization of the council.
“We appreciate China for its effort to democratize the institution of the United Nation and appeal that you support our bid to occupy a permanent seat on the Security Council,” Dogara said. According to the statement, Speaker Dejiang had assured that there must be better representation for developing countries in the United Nations and that Nigeria, being an influential country in the world, deserved a seat on the council.
The statement quoted Speaker Dejiang as saying “we support the legitimate demands of Nigeria for a permanent seat on the UN security council, together with the reform of the UN”. Speaker Dejiang, who met with Speaker Dogara on the sidelines of the Convention of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in New York, last Sunday said China is solidly behind the legitimate demands of Nigeria for a permanent seat on the Security Council. China is one of the five countries with permanent seat on the UN Security Council together.
-Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja