Nigeria Call On Other Nations To Stop Building Nuclear Weapons
Nigeria has again called for the total destruction of nuclear weapons to encourage a peaceful and secured world.
Amb. Audu Kadiri, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Offices in Geneva and other International Organisations, stated this in Geneva at the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).
The International Day Against Nuclear Tests, is observed annually on Aug. 29.
Kadiri said: “On the issue of Disarmament and Security Assurances, Nigeria’s view remains unchanged. As a non-nuclear weapon state, Nigeria has and will continue to take its obligations under the NPT seriously.
“For us, the nuclear weapons option was never contemplated in the first place. Nigeria’s basic position has always been that as long as nuclear weapons exist, they constitute a threat to international security and indeed all of humanity.
He said the consequences of a nuclear weapons detonation to the world is catastrophic and can best be imagined.
“It is for this reason that Nigeria holds the view that the most effective and credible guarantee against the threat of the use of nuclear weapons lies in their complete and total elimination through a verifiable and irreversible programme of global disarmament.
“Pursuant to this goal and cognisant of the lethargy on disarmament expressed clearly by the stalemate of the Conference on Disarmament and the nearly five decades journey of the NPT which has not resulted in the ultimate goal of disarmament.”
He expressed the hope that nuclear weapon States would take adequate note that the international community has achieved an agreement of the minds that in today’s world, nuclear weapons have no place.