Nigeria has supported the United Nations’ initiative to eliminate nuclear weapon as a viable approach to closing the gaps that could be exploited by terrorist and other extremist groups.
Nigeria’s position was delivered in a statement presented by the Minister of Defence Mansur Dan-Ali, at a high level meeting to commemorate the total eradication of nuclear weapon, in New York.
According to the statement, Nigeria and the international community were concerned about closing the gaps that could be exploited against the global security architecture.
The statement added that there were no easy solutions to confronting the existential threat to the world’s safety and security.
It stated Nigeria’s concern about the dangers posed by a nuclear weapon and the continued acquisition of the deadly weapons and their proliferation.
It said: “The Federal Government of Nigeria also observed that though nuclear armament can be used to invest for human development however, nation states must show greater commitment towards eradicating them.
“The Federal government under the leadership of President Muhamadu Buhari thanked the United Nations for its efforts to address multifaceted issues of nuclear disarmament, security and safety.’’
The statement said facilitating deliberations and negotiations for establishing legal instruments that would enhance cooperation among nation states and other stakeholders remained key.
It will be recalled that the proliferation of nuclear technology for purposes other than addressing nations’ energy needs, featured prominently in discussions at the recently concluded UN General Assembly.
The nuclear programme of Iran and North Korea dominated discussions at international forum for many years with many calling for stiffer sanctions and related actions against them.
Since 2004, Nigeria sought the support of the International Atomic Energy Agency to develop plans for up to 4,000 MW of nuclear capacity by 2027 according to the National Program for the Deployment of Nuclear Power for Generation of Electricity.