The Federal Government of Nigeria supports the initiative of the United Nations towards total elimination of nuclear weapons as a viable approach to closing the gaps that could be exploited by terrorist and other extremists groups to obtain and use those weapons against global security architecture.
The UN adopted the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty in a majority vote by 122 countries leading towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons, while 60 countries boycotted. With the adoption of the nuclear treaty, nuclear weapons now joined all other weapons of mass destruction, which have already been prohibited. Nigeria, together with Ireland, Austria, Brazil, Mexico and South Africa, played a leadership role in bringing forward the UN resolution convening the diplomatic conference that negotiated the ground-breaking treaty.
Nigeria has voiced its support to the non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction mass (WMD), saying a world free of nuclear weapons is the ideal society it envisaged. The Nigerian envoy said: “I wish to reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to the ideal of a nuclear-free world. “We regard the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery as a grave threat to our collective security. “This indeed is a global challenge that requires concerted and sustained effort on the part of the international community, including the Security Council. “In recent times, the risk of non-state actors, including terrorists acquiring, developing, manufacturing and using nuclear, chemical and biological weapons remains a serious threat to global peace and security. “Terrorists and their sponsors have shown the intent and, at least in the case of chemical weapons, some capability to develop and acquire weapons of mass destruction and to use them”. Nigeria believes that the establishment of nuclear weapons-free zones across the world is a potent tool to prevent the vertical and horizontal proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
On this international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons, we remind governments everywhere and all citizens of the world who have a right to a world free of nuclear weapons to “remember your humanity, and forget the rest.”