Nigeria has won a re-election into the UN Human
Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva for the 2018 to
2020 term at an election held on Monday at the UN
Headquarters in New York.
The Ambassador/Deputy Permanent
Representative of Nigeria to the UN, Amb. Samson
Itegboje, told the Correspondent of the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in New York that Ghana
and Sierra Leone stepped down for Nigeria.
Itegboje said: “There were two slots for West Africa in the election and Ghana and Sierra Leone were
“However, we reached an understanding that West
African countries could not be antagonising
themselves and that we have to reach a
“So we got Ghana and Sierra Leone to step down
for Nigeria. But even at that, there were a lot of
reach out we had to do beyond West Africa.
“So this election has once again showed that
Nigeria enjoyed a lot of goodwill not only among its
West African bloc countries but also in Africa and
across the world”.
The UNHRC is a UN system inter-governmental
body responsible for promoting and protecting
human rights around the world.
With the re-election, Nigeria, currently serving out
its 2015 to 2017 term, would be among the four
countries representing West Africa and the 13
countries representing Africa in the 47-seat
The other two countries on the council with Nigeria
are Cote d’ Ivoire and Togo, which tenure expire in
Ghana and Nigeria are already serving out their
tenure for the 2015 to 2017 term while Ghana, which
initially sought te-election like Nigeria, stepped
down for Nigeria to get on board of the Council.
Nigeria has illustriously served the global
community on the UNHRC for three terms since the
establishment of the Council in 2006.
These are 2006 to 2009, 2009 to 2012 and currently,
2015 to 2017, and with the reelection, would remain
on the Council till 2020.
NAN reports that the Permanent Mission of Nigeria
to the UN hosted a reception party for envoys to
launch Nigeria’s country’s re-election bid on Friday
in New York to solicit countries’ “firm support” for
Nigeria’s re-election bid