Abuja — United Nation's Security Council permanent member, China, has expressed its readiness to back Nigeria's quest for a permanent seat in the council.
Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the Peoples Republic of China, Mr Wu Bangguo, who disclosed this at a bilateral meeting between him and Senate President Adolphus Wabara in Beijing, China, maintained that the reform of the United Nation's highest decision making body is overdue, noting that Nigeria, being a key country in Africa, deserves a permanent seat in the council.
Bangguo, who applauded the Nigeria government for creating an investment friendly environment and for supporting issues of interest to China, pledged his country's support for Nigeria's bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.
"Nigeria is the largest country in Africa and the most populous black nation in the world. Nigeria is a key African nation. President (Olusegun) Obasanjo is an active international figure and the current President of African Union, settling regional disputes and promoting South-south union. So, China will support Nigeria to become a permanent member of the United Nations' Security Council," Bangguo said.
He also pledged his country's support for Nigeria's bid to host the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting in 2007.
A statement from Office of the Senate President signed by his Chief Press Secretary Henry Ugbolue, explained that Adolphus Wabara had made a strong case for the expansion of the UN Security Council "to include such strategic nations like Nigeria."