Nigeria has sent a message to the United States, United Kingdom, Russia, France, and other nuclear weapon-owning countries to completely disarm.
Amb. Kadiri Audu, Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the UN Offices in Geneva, made the call in his statement delivered at the General Debate in Geneva. The debate is preparatory to the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty of the Non-Proliferation (NPT) of Nuclear Weapons. Aside the aforementioned countries, other members are China, North Korea, Pakistan, India and Israel.
Audu told the conference that “Nuclear weapons remain a major threat to humanity and to global peaceful co-existence”.
“From the threats posed by the early generations of atomic bombs, we are now faced with a collection of modern, and far more powerful lethal weapons, whose detonation could spell doom for our entire planet”, he said.
“Nigeria considers the current and existential threat of nuclear weapons unacceptable”, he stated. Audu said Nigeria believes the NPT through a “collective resolve” could end the warehousing of nuclear warheads.
On the safety of non-nuclear weapons state, the Nigerian ambassador said, “It is imperative that Non-nuclear weapons states are assured against the threat or impact of the deployment of nuclear weapons under a legally binding framework”.
Also, Nigeria said it welcomed the diplomatic détente between North Korea and South Korea and the United States.
Audu further said Nigeria is committed to the establishment of free nuclear weapon zones across all regions, including in the Middle East.