Senate President, David Mark, on Thursday in Abuja, asked the UN to “intervene ?and rescue Nigeria from the clutches of insurgency currently plaguing the nation.??

He made the call when the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Jan Eliasson, visited him in his office in Abuja.

He said the security challenges facing Nigeria required support and assistance from the UN.

“We are pained by what is happening to us. The security challenge is enormous. We truly need assistance from the UN to tackle the situation.

“If somebody had told me that Nigeria will face this kind of security challenge six years ago, I will have dismissed it.

“Our security operatives are applying minimal force to address the situation. We are also appealing to the perpetrators to see reasons and give peace a chance.??

Mark also told the UN deputy secretary-general that Nigeria rightly deserved a permanent member seat at the UN Security Council and urged the global body to help Nigeria to realise the ambition.

According to him, Nigeria will continue to play key roles in international and regional affairs as the country has excellent record in peacekeeping operations.

The senate president also urged the UN to put measures in place to help industrialise the country as part of efforts to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths.

He said Nigeria would continue to identify its challenges with a view to finding solutions to them.

Earlier, Eliasson had appreciated Nigeria for its continued support and cooperation to the global body.

He said the UN anchored its operations on the peace, security, development, human rights, justice and rule of law and urged Nigeria to uphold it.

He promised that the UN would map out strategies to help Nigeria to tackle the menace of terrorism.

He pointed out that terrorists had the antics of harassment and intimidation to achieve their purpose, but cautioned Nigeria not to be intimidated but confront them headlong.

The UN deputy secretary-general further said that Nigeria was a strategic ?partner to the UN, both at the regional and global level.

He said the UN building in Abuja destroyed by terrorists in 2011 was being rebuilt and asked for adequate security to forestall a recurrence.

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