United Nations Special Committee on Peacekeeping has re-elected Nigeria’s Prof. Tijjani Muhammad-Bande as its chairman.
Muhammad-Bande was re-elected by acclamation at the United Nations Headquarters in New York during the opening of the 2019 Session.
Concise News gathered that the Nigerian envoy was re-elected while he was in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, attending the African Union Summit.
Canada was also re-elected as Vice Chair, while Argentina, Poland, Japan and Egypt were elected as Bureau members.
Muhammad-Bande’s re-election in absentia was a demonstration of the confidence reposed by the UN on Nigeria regarding the envoy’s ability, personality and charisma within the diplomatic community.
His re-election also reinforced Nigeria’s standing within the comity of nations in the realm of peacekeeping and contribution to international peace and security.
Muhammed-Bande’s re-election is expected to strengthen Nigeria’s leadership at the United Nations and keep the UN more focused on its peacekeeping operations across the world.
The committee is the only United Nations Committee mandated to review comprehensively the whole question of United Nations Peacekeeping operations in all its aspects.
It also makes recommendations on enhancing United Nations peacekeeping operations across the world, particularly, some of the pressing issues facing the more than 100,000 military, police and civilian personnel from 125 countries presently serving in 14 operations.