The United Nations was formed in 1945 after World war II. In order to maintain international peace and promote cooperation in solving international economic, social and humanitarian problems. It also replaced the flawed League of Nations.
Nigeria formally joined the UN in October 7th 1960 as the 99th Member State.
In his inaugural speech delivered at the plenary session at the general assembly in New York on 8th October, Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa said ” Nigeria will participate actively in the work of the United Nations and uphold the principles upon which the United Nations was founded” .
This request provided the first indication that Nigeria was already fully accepted as a credible member of this world community, and was expected to assume a decisive role in African affairs.
Despite other African nations withdrawing their troops due to the murder of the Congolese Prime Minister, Patrice Lumumba, Nigeria stayed till the end of operations in 1964.
Nigeria chaired the UN Anti Apartheid Committee from 1970 till it was dissolved in 1994 and in 1977 Nigeria hosted the first United Nations conference for ” Action Against Apartheid” in Lagos.
In the 44th session, Joseph Garba also served as the President of the United Nations General Assembly 1989
Here are some of the images of those who have represented us at the UN.
| Mr. Gervais Bahizi (left) of Congo and Mr. Jaja Wachuku of Nigeria.
20 September 1961
|Chief S.O. Adebo, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN, making a statement.
23 May 1966
|Leslie Oriseweyinmi Harriman Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations 1975|
|Ibrahim Gambari Permanent Representative of Nigeria 1995|
|Nigeria’s Federal Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Zanna Bukar Dipcharima.
16 June 1964
|Alhaji Yusuf Maitama-Sule, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations..
10 July 1981
|Major-General Ike Nwachukwa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Nigeria (right), confers with his delegation during a Conference.
09 June 1992
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
|Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN. Mr B. Akporode Clark .
26 June 1979
|Olusegun Obasanjo attending a luncheon given in his honour by Mr. Waldheim at the UN. Seated on his left is General Assembly President Lazar Mojsov.
New York. 1977
|United Nations: Chief S.O. Adebo (Nigeria) making a statement to the Peacekeeping Committee. Emeka Anyaoku is seen sitting behind him. 1965|
Rev. Jesse Jackson talking with Nigerian Ambassador Joseph N Garba at the UN headquarters.1987