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Nigeria: Oyinlola in UN, Canvasses for Nigeria's Permanent Security Council Seat

Former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has appealed to the international community to support Nigeria's quest for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council in view of the nation's critical role as an undisputed leader and motivator in the African continent.

He also said Nigeria's becoming a member of the United Nation Security Council was overdue because country had never failed to act decisively in matters concerning political and socio-economic development of African states, especially when security was threatened.

Also, the United Nations Secretary-General, represented by Dr. Thomas Gass, the Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, said the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the UN's Sustainable Development Agenda had regrettably been impeded by violence and conflicts.

He called for collaboration by all segments of the society to democratise the flow of information and motivate young people to contribute meaningfully to peaceful co-existence in a globalised world.

The former governor who is the Chairman of the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, Osogbo (CBCIU) made the appeal while addressing participants at the year 2014 International Conference of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs Centers and Associations' (WFUCA) Executive Board Meeting.

According to a statement by Femi Adelegan, Oyinlola told the gathering that Nigeria, apart from its strategic importance, had also played prominent and commendable roles in liberation struggles of African nations and that the country's commitments to peaceful co-existence of the peoples of the world in terms of material and financial support to the UN agenda, had been massive, and creates a good case for Nigeria to have a seat, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

Oyinlola, who made the call at the United Nations headquarters at the weekend, also stated that one of the ways to ensure sustainable global peace was to engage the social systems in arresting increasing dangerous incidents of security breaches and other forms of violence and intolerance all over the world by focusing attention on proper understanding of the roles of religions and cultures in preventing conflicts and other forms of prejudices.

He said the Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding (CBCIU) Osogbo had, in line with UNESCO's mandate, contributed meaningfully to global efforts at dissolving international barriers, forging new global agenda; inspired by contemporary requirements through its activities that are geared towards promoting tourism, economic development, peace and international understanding.

According to the statement, "We believe that our summits would further open up avenues to foster inter-religious dialogue in conformity to our programmes that are fashioned to improve on relationships among nations of the world, through policies that endorse globalisation."

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