Nigeria has been re-elected into the African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) for another three-year mandate (2022-2025) to represent the West African region.
The announcement was contained in a statement released Saturday by Nigerian Embassy and Permanent Mission to the African Union, and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Nigeria polled 44 votes in the first round to secure the statutory 2/3 votes required to win the election into the 15-member council held on February 3 during the 40th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union (Ministers of Foreign Affairs) in Addis Ababa.
The statement said the Nigerian Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU, Victor A. Adeleke, would represent Nigeria in the council at the Permanent Representatives level.
Also elected for a three-year mandate alongside Nigeria were Cameroon, Djibouti, Morocco, and Namibia.
Elected for a two-year mandate were Burundi, Congo, Uganda, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal, and Gambia.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said Nigeria will continue to pursue peace and progress in Africa, and other parts of the world, by consistently pushing for justice, fairness and inclusiveness in global affairs.
He said this yesterday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during a sideline discussion with the Prime Minister of Palestine, Mohammad Shtayyeh, at the ongoing AU meetings.
The president, in a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, assured the Palestinian leader that Nigeria would be “consistent” in pushing for peace and progress while upholding the tenets of justice.
In his remarks, Shtayyeh said the situation in the Middle East, particularly relations with Israel, had deteriorated over the years, adding that the world needed to know the facts.
He thanked Buhari for his leadership role in the continent.