Tuesday, September, 19 7.00pm/Proshare WebTV
President Muhammadu Buhari has called on the United Nations to cooperate strongly with the African Union in the area of conflict prevention and management, to foster a stable region.
The Nigerian leader stated this while addressing the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, United States of America.
He made a strong case for cooperation in addressing growing transnational crimes like forced labour, slavery, human trafficking and cybercrime.
The President who congratulated Mr Antonio Gutteres who was presiding over his first UN General Assembly, as the Secretary-General raised concerns over the slow pace in the implementation of several United Nations Security Council resolutions from 1967 on the Middle-east.
Giving his remarks on the current crisis in Burma, President Buhari said “We fully endorse call by Sec-Gen on Myanmar to halt ongoing ethnic cleansing & ensure safe return of displaced Rohingya”.
Buhari commended UN’s role in settling thousands of innocent civilians caught in conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Speaking further on global threats, President Buhari warned that the most pressing threat to international peace and security today is the accelerated nuclear weapons development by North Korea. He proposed for a strong UN delegation, from all regions of the globe to negotiate with the North Korean authorities.
The President reiterated the need for global leaders to be mindful of the widening gap between the rich and poor nations. These inequalities and gaps according to him, where the root causes of competition for resources, frustration and anger leading to spiralling instability.
Nigeria in his words remained committed to the foundational principles and goals of the United Nations. “Since our admission as a member state in 1960, we have always participated in all efforts to bring about global peace, security and development. Nigeria will continue to support the UN in all its efforts, including the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.