The Nigerian Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has called on the United Nations to heal the world of terrorist attacks, climate change, discrimination, food security, and other challenges confronting human race.
The Minister made the call at the opening plenary session of the 5th Abuja International Model United Nations conference held in Abuja as part of activities to commemorate the UN @ 75 anniversary in Nigeria.
Represented by the Director Gender of FCT Social Development Secretariat, Dr. Agnes Hart, the minister noted that the UN anniversary should serve as a day of renewing hope for the future, stressing that the occasion should also renew in us the hope that our chequered past does hold enough lessons to guide our collective and responsible actions today.
According to Aliyu, “there is no better time to address these global challenges confronting human race, especially terrorism and other vices associated to it. To most of us, the hope that we have all learnt that we are too interconnected and interdependent today for the era of unilateralism of the past, a cause of needless conflicts and destructions, to remain attractive to anyone.
“The hope that as we take steps to correct our mistakes of the past, we are laying the foundations for new beginnings, the responsibility for which we are indebted to our children and children’s children.
“I say these with all sense of responsibility because the United Nations Organiszation was created 75 years ago for these same reasons, in the wake of a global conflict whose scars are yet to completely heal“.
The minister, however, commended the United Nations for bringing different nations together to voice out their concerns, grievances and as well as to pool their ideas and resources together and to carry every nation along in the processes that lead to decision making on issues that concern their existence, adding that the world will remain stronger when unity is promoted.
“It is a fact universally acknowledged that our problem lies neither in the differences of our nationalities and tongues nor in our forms of worship. We are stronger when we act to promote complementarities, when we join hands to cooperate with one another, when we stretch out hands of fellowship. This way, we are better off as a human race and are able to advance the frontiers of life in ways that are collectively beneficial,” she affirmed.