Boko Haram: Mark seeks UN support
President of the Senate David Mark Thursday asked the United Nations (UN) to intervene and indeed rescue Nigeria from the clutches of insurgency bringing the nation to her kneels.
Mark told the visiting Deputy Secretary General of UN , Mr. Jan Eliasson in Abuja that the security challenges facing the country demands support and assistance from the UN.
The Senate President, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh, said: “We are pained by what is happening to us. The security challenge is enormous.
“We truly need assistance from the UN to tackle the situation. If somebody had told me that Nigeria would face this kind of security challenge five years ago, I would have dismissed it.
“Our security operatives are applying minimal force to address the situation. We are also appealing to the perpetrators to see reasons and give peace a chance.”
He also told the UN boss, that Nigeria rightly deserve a permanent member at the UN Security Council and urged the global body to help Nigeria realize the ambition.
Mark was further quoted to have said that: “Nigeria will continue to play key roles in international and regional affairs. We have excellent record in peace keeping operations.”
The Senate President also requested the UN to put measures in place to help industrialize Nigeria as part of efforts to create job opportunities and engage the growing army of unemployed youths.
He said Nigeria would continue to identify her challenges with a view to finding solutions to them.
The Deputy Secretary General of the UN appreciated Nigeria for the continued support and cooperation to the global body.
Eliasson noted that the UN anchors its operations on the peace, security, development, human rights, justices and rule of law which he asked Nigeria to uphold.
He promised that the UN would map out strategies to help Nigeria tackle the menace of terrorism now assuming a dangerous dimension in the land.
He pointed out that the terrorists have the antics of harassment and intimidation to achieve their purpose but cautioned Nigeria not to be provoked or intimidated but confront them headlong.
To Eliasson, Nigeria is a strategic partner to the UN both at the regional and global perspective.
“We, on our side will extend our cooperation to you,” he added.
He said the UN building in Abuja destroyed by terrorists in 2011 was being rebuilt and asked for adequate security to forestall a recurrence.
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