- Professor Tijjani Bande is appointed chairman of the African Group at the United Nations
- Professor Bande takes over from Jean-Claude do Rego, the permanent representative of the Republic of Benin to the UN
- The Nigeria's ambassador to convey the views of the African Union at the United Nations and globally
Nigeria’s ambassador to the United Nations has assumed the chairmanship of the African Group at the international organisation for the month of March 2019, succeeding the Republic of Benin.
Professor Tijjani Bande took over from Jean-Claude do Rego, the permanent representative of the Republic of Benin to the UN at a ceremony at the African Union Observer Mission in New York.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bande pledged Nigeria’s commitment to strengthening the African continent.
He also said his focus as chairman of the African Group would be to convey the views of the African Union at the United Nations and globally.
“The focus of the mission of Nigeria is to help to continue the work of consolidating Africa’s position on a number of common important issues from the point of view of the continent.
“These positions are questions like Security Council reform, positions we take in relation to the status of women, and issues relating to peace and security around the globe.
“The whole idea is to strengthen the African voice.
“The voices actually are of the African permanent representatives but occasionally, collectively, we need to make a statement for the continent and to defend the continent’s interests,” Bande said.
Speaking further, the ambassador/permanent observer of African Union to the United Nations, Fatima Kyari-Mohammed, explained that the chairmanship position of the African Group was very important in projecting Africa’s voice at the UN.
“The monthly leadership allows us to have somebody that can help us with the coordination of the various priorities for that month.
“This is to ensure that we follow through on the various priorities for us and most importantly, when it comes to projecting our positions at the UN,” she said adding that there are a number of different platforms where Africa needs to speak as a group.
According to her, the African mission, through the African Group, ensured that Africa’s positions as a group are integrated to ensure that they are understood by all UN Member States, projected and then followed up.
Speaking earlier, the Rego had commended Nigeria for its contributions to Africa’s integration, describing the country as a ‘pride’ of Africa.
Rego further expressed confidence that the quality of interaction among the member states of the continent would be enhanced under Nigeria’s leadership.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the government of the United States (US) on Friday, March 1, congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari on his victory at the just-concluded presidential election.
In the statement released by Michael Pompeo, the world power's secretary of state, the government “congratulates the people of Nigeria on a successful presidential election, and President Muhammadu Buhari on his re-election,"
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