Nigeria Qualified To Represent Africa In UN – World Leaders
Jonathan to review economic policies to facilitate foreign investment. Several heads of states
and presidents yesterday assured President Goodluck Jonathan that they would do all they
could to ensure that Nigeria represented Africa by taking up a permanent seat in the United
Nations Security Council.
They also noted that Nigeria deserved their collaboration and support to ensure his tenure
marked the beginning of a new dawn, renewed friendship and solidarity between Nigeria
and their countries. The World leaders who made this pledge when Jonathan had audience
with them at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja Monday, acknowledged that Nigeria played
a leading role both in Africa and in international politics and expressed “the desire to see
Nigeria take up a permanent seat in UN Council”.
The heads of state and presidents of the African countries and some countries of other
continents present included the Liberian President, Mrs. Ellen Johnson–Sirleaf; President of
Trinidad and Tobago, George Maxwell, Burundi Vice-President, Gervais Rufyikiri Gervai
and his Zambian counterpart, George Kunda.
Others were special envoys from; North Korea, Morocco, Kuwait and China.
While congratulating Jonathan for the successful inauguration held yesterday, the world
leaders also commended him for fulfilling his promise of ensuring free and fair elections.
Responding, President Jonathan stated that his government would soon review some of its
economic policies to facilitate development, one of which he said was to encourage foreign
companies to start production in Nigeria.
He added that Nigeria would improve and enhance her bilateral, multilateral as well as
economic relations with the countries.
The president also specifically assured the Chinese government of further collaboration to
ensure that the rail system became fully operational so as to ease the transportation of goods
and services across the country.
He also promised to strengthen bilateral relations with Kuwait to boost Nigeria’s energy
sector, adding that both countries had common interest in the oil sector.
“No matter how good a leader is, he must pass through a clean and clear democratic process,”
He added that his commitment for free and fair elections was borne out of the desire to allow
the will of the people to prevail.