Nigerian Parliament Questions Abstention on UNSC Statehood Vote

RAMALLAH, January 14, 2015 (WAFA) – The Nigerian parliament Wednesday summoned Foreign Minister Aminu Wali to question the abstention to vote in favor of ending the Israeli occupation during a UNSC motion on December 30 2014, which failed to advance the Palestinian bid, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA).

Nigerian members of parliament earlier rebuked Wali’s abstention to support the motion, which they said “obstructed the way to democracy” and hindered the creation of an independent Palestinian state.

The MOFA quoted Member of Parliament Amin Sulaiman as saying the abstention was a “weird” decision, calling on his country to recognize the Palestinian right of statehood.

Two days ago, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), a political and cultural association of leaders in northern Nigeria, said the abstention came as a result of the Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan’s immediate intervention after receiving a phone call from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, without consulting with his advisers or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The forum also asked the Nigerian Parliament to urgently open an investigation into the move which prevented the Palestinian people from being recognized as an independent state. The Form’s statement stressed that this abstention is contrary to the Nigerian foreign policy.

To be noted, the United Nations Security Council on December 30 2014 failed to adopt a draft resolution calling for the end of the Israeli occupation and the establishment of an independent state of Palestine, following a US veto. The resolution also failed to receive the required majority among members.