Nigerian Ambassador to UN Talks Cooperation, Boko Haram, African Integration
Nigeria strives to work with others to create a more perfect world without racism, inequality, environmental damage, and subjugation of one country by another, Tijjani Muhammad Bande, Nigeria’s ambassador to the United Nations, told students at a discussion hosted by the NYU UN Initiative on March 2, 2018.
Bande said Nigeria plays an important role in peace, justice, and development in Africa and around the world. Noting Nigeria’s participation in major peacekeeping operations since the 1960s, the ambassador said Nigerian troops are stationed in several countries around Africa to keep the peace.
Claiming that Nigeria cannot achieve its interests alone, Bande said a country must collaborate with other countries in order to achieve its own goals. True to the spirit of cooperation, he said Nigeria works with other countries to combat world issues in several committees within the United Nations.
Speaking on the security situation in Nigeria, the ambassador claimed that no place in Nigeria is controlled by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, calling the group’s attacks and kidnappings a “rarity.”
On the issue of African integration, Bande said African leaders support the idea of community and understand the importance of integration in the continent. He added that integration has increased in recent years due to better conditions despite structural problems that need to be corrected.