Mr Ayo Olukanni, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, disclosed this in a telephone interview with NAN from Sirte, Libya, venue of the 13th ordinary session of the AU.
“The AU Candidature Committee, meeting on the sidelines of the ongoing AU summit, has endorsed Nigeria’s candidature for election into the non-permanent seat of the UN Security Council.
“This follows the endorsement of Nigeria by ECOWAS at the 36th ordinary session in Abuja on June 22.
“With this endorsement, Nigeria is practically cleared for election into the UN seat at elections to be held at the UN General Assembly later in the year,’’ Olukanni said.
He also said the Executive Council of the AU which commenced its meeting on Thursday, will consider decisions reached by the Council of Ministers.
The decisions include how to advance the Millennium Development Goals, negotiations on the Economic Partnership Agreements and the establishment of a Pan African University. Others are the UN Climate Change Convention and the Kyoto Protocol.
Vice-President Goodluck Jonathan is leading Nigeria’s delegation to the summit. (NAN)