President Muhammadu Buhari has hailed the United Nations for remaining true to the aspirations of its founders, emphasising that the organisation has continued to play the crucial role of fostering global peace and security.

The President spoke at a virtual event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations.

This is contained In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina.

In his video message to the UN at 75 event, President Buhari amplified Nigeria’s achievements at the UN since 1960 when the country officially joined the organisation.

He underscored the country’s active contribution in human, financial and material resources to several United Nations Peace-keeping Operations, among other priorities.

On de-colonisation, President Buhari called on member-states to abide by UN Resolution 1514 on the granting of independence to colonial countries and people, warning that the quest to realise total de-colonisation had remained incomplete as long as Non-Self-Governing territories continue to exist.

President Buhari said the UN’s celebration was significant to Nigeria as it had coincided with her Sixtieth Anniversary of joining the esteemed organisation.

He noted however that in spite of the progress made in safeguarding world peace and promoting global co-operation, the world was still being faced with complex challenges.

The President said inward-looking tendencies exhibited by member-states in the wake of Covid-19 had particularly revealed an urgent need for them to strengthen international co-operation, unity and solidarity to address all negative developments, including climate change, violent extremism, natural disasters, and cyber-security.

President Buhari also used the occasion to emphasize the imperative of a fair and equitable representation in the Security Council, if member-states must achieve the United Nations they needed. ‘

He emphasised that the demand for the reform of the United Nations Security Council was just, and a place for Africa in the very strategic Organ of the Organisation was long-overdue hoping that the UN anniversary would encourage member-states to respond to the numerous challenges being faced, and support efforts aimed at building the United Nations System desired.

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