UN: Nigerian president calls on the world body to solve conflicts

UNITED NATIONS— Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari called to peacefully resolve conflicts worldwide, reform the United Nations and reduce the effects of climate change.

Addressing the high-level session of the United Nations General Assembly, Buhari said that the global challenges include problems increasingly driven by non-state actors, the proliferation of small and light weapons, and several forms of terrorism and violent extremism.

Referring to other obstacles to development, such as the misuse of technology, irregular migration, and unequal opportunities, the Nigerian head of State pointed out that the United Nations demonstrates in its actions that it can be strong when the will of its member countries is mobilized.

He insisted that, nevertheless, events such as the military conflict in Ukraine, which, in his opinion, created tensions that may be unprecedented in a generation, are weighing down the leading principles of this institution, which promote peace and security.

That situation will have adverse consequences, after hindering our capability of working together to resolve conflicts elsewhere, especially in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, he noted.

In another part of his speech, the president called to reform the Security Council and other UN bodies that need to transform their structures to meet the current demands and become more representative.