Nigeria is to formally request the AU to endorse its bid for a non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council in 2014-2015, during the body’s forthcoming summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Foreign Affairs Minister Olugbenga Ashiru made the announcement on Friday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the forthcoming AU meeting in Addis Ababa, scheduled for May 25 to May 27. Specifically Nigeria’s bid for the non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council will be formally presented to the African Union. ECOWAS has not only endorsed Nigeria’s candidature, the African Group at the UN in New York, has similarly, declared its support for Nigeria’s bid. In addition, Nigeria is presenting candidates for two elections that will come up before the executive council during the summit.They include the African Union Commission on Human and People’s Right and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. He said that Nigeria had already received the endorsement of the AU for the election of its candidates to the presidency of the Executive Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation. The election comes up in Montreal, Canada, later in the year. He said that Nigeria’s bid for the UN seat and other regional international positions were of great significance to the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Nigeria last served in the prestigious UN Security Council from 2010-2011 and is seeking a re-election for another two-terms from 2014-2015. The country is promoting its contributions to peacekeeping and security in Africa accomplishments as credentials that qualify it for another term of membership. NAN reports that Nigeria and Chad are campaigning for the two available African seats at the council. The forthcoming election is to replace Togo, Morocco, Pakistan, Azerbaijan and Guatemala, whose two-year-term at the council expires on Dec. 31.
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