What does Nigeria’s election into United Nations Security Council mean to you?

NIGERIANS have reacted to the election of their country for the fourth time as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Some Nigerians believe that it would not solve the many problems facing the country, while others feel that it would help in solving the security challenges in the country. Below are the positions of some Nigerians on the issue.

Tansimaria Kwaghtaher, Businessman: Well to me, being a UN Security Council member does not rebuild the image of Nigeria as a corrupt nation, nor will it solve the security challenges facing the country, it will not ensure regular power supply and will not reconstruct our roads which have become death trap roads. Also it will not provide employment opportunities for millions of Nigerian graduates and youths like me. So for me it is of no use to this country.

Ejigionu
Ejigionu

Chukwuma Ejigionu, Teacher: This is not the first time Nigeria got elected into the United Nations Security Council seat. Nigeria had been a non-permanent member of UN Security Council several times, so what is special about it this time around? Is it also part of President Goodluck Jonathan’s achievements?

Ogele
Ogele

Chukwudi Ogele, Marketer: It is a good development but how does this tranlate into putting foods on the tables of millions of Nigerians who are living in abject poverty in the midst of plenty? The UN Security Council is of no consequence to me since it will not improve the standard of living of the Nigerian people.

Ezugu
Ezugu

Fredrick Ezugu, Accountant: We must use this opportunity wisely. Nigeria must use this opportunity to address the insecurity going on in the country and in Africa. We should also use the opportunity to fight corruption in the country.

Okonkwo
Okonkwo

Juliet Okonkwo, Banker: It is good for the country and Africa in general, but the country should use the opportunity to restructure its national image that has been soiled in the international community. The level of insecurity going on in the country on a daily basis must be addressed in order to restore the pride of our nation.

Otita
Otita

Godwin Otita, Graduate: I’m happy for the development but what concerns the ordinary Nigerians like me is how does such membership impact on our daily lives? How does it create jobs for our youths? How does it provide our much needed infrastructure? How does it improve our poor governance considering that we have been there before?

Compiled by Anayo Ezugwu

— Nov. 4, 2013 @ 01:00 GMT

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