17 February 2019

Nigerian Re-Elected Into AU Peace Security Council (AU-PSC)

A Nigerian has again been re-elected for another three years term as a member of the African Union Peace Security Council (AU-PSC).

The election took place at the just concluded 34th Ordinary Session of the African Union, AU, at the headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

A statement by the Nigerian Ambassador to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and Nigeria's Permanent Representative to the African Union, His Excellency Bankole Adeyeye revealed that, four (4) other countries were elected along with Nigeria. They are Burundi, Algeria, Lesotho and Kenya.

LEADERSHIP Sunday gathered that the election for the five available seats was keenly contested by 7 countries.

The statement also revealed that, Nigeria has sustained the membership of the AU-PSC since its inception in 2004, following the decision of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and government, to dedicate a Seat of three (3) year term to Nigeria.

PSC is a standing decision-making organ of the African Union charged with responsibilities of: conducting early warning and preventive diplomacy; facilitate peace-making; establishing peace-support operations; and in certain circumstances, recommending interventions on Member States to promote peace, security and stability.

The PSC also ensures the implementation of key conventions and instruments to combat international terrorism, promote coordination between regional mechanisms and the AU with respect to peace, security and stability in Africa.

Ambassador Adeoye according in the statement explained that, "The PSC role through Nigeria's guidance in the Lake Chad Basin region has been remarkable, particularly in the endorsement of the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF). Nigeria has also supported the AU PSC engagements, the security situation in ECOWAS region, Sahel and beyond.

"Therefore, following the successful re-election, Nigeria's objective in the African Union Peace and Security Council will be guided by its renewed commitment towards proving the needed support in the ongoing implementation of the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) and the African Governance Architecture (AGA) in-line with the AU Agenda 2063 and the SDGs 2030 goals.

"More so, as Africa continues to respond to old and emerging conflicts in the continent, Nigeria would continue to collaborate with other member states to improve on the gains made in proffering African solutions to African problems, as regards the overall objective of African ownership and leadership to durable peace in the continent," the statement concluded.

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