- Russia Backs Nigeria’s Quest for Permanent Seat at UN Security Council
Russia has described Nigeria as a regional power player that has everything it takes to become a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
The country which noted that she is now more proactive in promoting a positive agenda in international organisations and informal associations, including the UN and others, also assured that she would support Nigeria’s bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council if her candidacy is a consensus of the African Union (AU).
The Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Nigeria, Mr. Nikolay Udovichenko, stated this during a chat with journalists in Abuja.
“In Africa, we have seen a number of regional powers, which have the capacity to be a permanent member of the council and which are ready to take the responsibility associated with it,” he said.
Adding that, “The size of the Nigerian economy, population and its influence in the sub-region are important factors which speak for the Nigerian candidacy in the UN Security Council.”
Udovichenko, who expressed confidence in Nigeria’s ability to live up to expectation, noted that the country is a major factor in guaranteeing peace not just in Africa but globally.
He said Russia and Nigeria cooperated in the humanitarian and human rights fields in major UN fora and all its structures which pay specific attention to African issues.
While noting that Nigeria was yet to officially present her candidacy, and as such Russia cannot back her, the envoy however, assured that his country is ready to support the consensus candidate of the AU.
“There is still issue of consensus, which is about two representatives of the AU in the permanent seat.
“If there is a consensus candidate of the AU and from Nigeria, we will be very pleased to support it.
“As soon as Africa decides who those two are, then we will start process of negotiations and try to explain that the enlargement of the UN Security Council must be based on consensus, not only two third majorities of votes. But really we have no objection to regional candidate,” the ambassador assured.
The Security Council is one of the six principal organs of the UN and it is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security.
It has 15 members comprising five permanent and 10 non-permanent members. No Africa country has a permanent representative. The five permanent members are Russia, UK, France, China and the United States.
University Of Ibadan (UI) Goes Digital, Releases Timetable for Virtual Academic Session
University of Ibadan (UI) on Friday announced it is going ahead with resumption on February 20 despite the second wave of COVID-19.
In a statement released by the school, the First Semester of the 2020/2021 academic session will commence virtually on February 20, 2021.
The virtual academic session will last for 13 straight weeks and end on Friday May 12, 2021, while the matriculation ceremony will hold on Tuesday March 16, 2021.
The University of Ibadan also scheduled one week for the Finalization of Continuous Assessment, to begin from Mon. 17 May and ends Friday 21 May.
The rising number of COVID-19 cases has compelled the Senate to approve the virtual academic session in an effort to ensure the tertiary institution abides by the protocols established by the Federal Government to curb the spread of the pandemic.
“It, therefore, agreed that the 2020/2021 First Semester lectures will be delivered online. In this regard, students will not be accommodated on campus,” a statement from the school said.
“Senate also approved the cancellation of the 2019/2020 session. The next session is, therefore, renamed 2020/2021 Academic Session. Consequently, students who have been admitted for the 2019/2020 session will now be regarded as the 2020/2021 intakes.
“Kindly note that online opening of Registration Portal and Orientation Programme for the 2020/2021 intakes may commence ahead of the Sat 20/02/21 date indicated above,” the statement said.
House of Representatives Impeached Trump Over Capitol Invasion
The United States House of Representatives on Wednesday impeached President Trump for the second time after instigating the US Capitol invasion.
Led by Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, 232 representatives, including 10 Republicans, voted to impeach the outgoing president against 197 that voted for him to remain in the office for the next six days when he would handover to the president-elect, Joe Biden.
The ten Republicans were Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the party’s No. 3 leader in the House; Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington; John Katko of New York; Adam Kinzinger of Illinois; Fred Upton of Michigan; Dan Newhouse of Washington; Peter Meijer of Michigan; Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio; David Valadao of California; and Tom Rice of South Carolina.
Speaking before the vote, Pelosi said “a constitutional remedy that will ensure that the Republic will be safe from this man who is so resolutely determined to tear down the things that we hold dear and that hold us together.”
“He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love,” she said, adding later, “It gives me no pleasure to say this — it breaks my heart.”
Republicans, who unanimously stood behind president Trump in 2019 during his first impeachment, were divided this time over the attack on Capitol.
A Republican representative from California, Kevin McCarthy, said “The president bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters,” Mr. McCarthy said. “He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding.”
US Congress Declares Joe Biden as The 46th President of The United States After Trump Mob Left
The joint congress of the United States on Thursday, January 7, 2021 certified Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States following President Trump’s mob action that disrupted the congress joint proceeding on Wednesday.
After ordering his followers to disrupt proceedings on Wednesday, President Trump later announced that there will be an orderly transition on January 20.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” Trump said in a statement issued by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” Trump added.
While the certification was just a mere formality as Biden had secured enough electoral college votes (270) required to clinch the world’s most powerful seat, the refusal of Donald Trump to accept the results of the November 2020 election made the session a keenly watched, especially after Trump mob disrupted a joint session of the Senate.
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