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A former Ambassador of the United States of America to Nigeria, Mr. Walter Carrington, Sunday said with the recent election of Nigeria as non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, the nation’s voice would be heard in the international scene.
Carrington disclosed this in Ilorin, while speaking with journalists shortly after his arrival at the Ilorin International Airport, ahead of his scheduled University of Ilorin’s 29th Founder’s Day and convocation lecture today.
The UN General Assembly last week elected Nigeria and four others to serve as non-permanent members on the Security Council for two-year terms beginning from January 1, 2014.
Carrington, who was received by the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Abdulganiyu Ambali and other principal staff of the institution, said: “It is a great thing to have Nigeria as a member of the UN Security Council. When I was the US Ambassador in the early 90s, Nigeria was also a member of the Security Council.
“So, I think that Nigeria being the giant of Africa ought to be on the world stage and I think it is a good thing.”
He further confirmed that: “There are very progressive Nigerians who are involved in foreign affairs and I am very hopeful that Nigeria would be a very progressive voice in the international scene.”
Also speaking, Ambali said: “We are all excited. He has been part of us in Nigeria for a while. He is now back home and we are all very excited. We look forward to tomorrow’s convocation lecture” even as he charged students, parents and guests to conduct themselves in a good manner adding that adequate security measures has been provided for hitch-free convocation programme.”