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Sierra Leone is denying allegations
that its ambassador to the United Nations voted against Nigeria's membership on
the UN Security Council.
Some Nigerians had alleged that Sierra Leone and
Liberia voted against Nigeria's membership.
But Sierra Leone Foreign Minister
Zainab Bangura said her country will forever remain grateful to Nigeria for
the support it received from Nigeria during the Sierra Leone civil war.
Bangura said Nigeria's election to the Security Council was the result
of a concerted African effort.
knew when the voting was going on; I had given instructions to the Permanent Representative
to New York on how we should vote. In addition to that, a decision had already
been made at the ECOWAS level that the entire ECOWAS membership should vote for
Nigeria. That was endorsed at the African Union. So there is no way Sierra
Leone can vote against Nigeria," she said.
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said her country is appreciative of Nigeria's contribution during Sierra
Leone's civil war.
Leone is a country that is very grateful for what we have benefited from Nigeria.
The two presidents – President Yar'Adua and President Koroma have an
exceptionally wonderful relationship," Bangura said.
said rumors that Sierra Leone voted against Nigeria's membership in the UN
Security Council were being circulated by people who Bangura said are not
interested in the good relations between Nigeria and Sierra Leone on the one
hand and Nigeria and Liberia on the other.
there are any two countries in West Africa that have benefited from the
generosity of Nigeria in terms of what Nigeria has done because of the wars in
both Liberia and Sierra Leone, I think it's those two countries," Bangura said.
She said Nigeria was the best choice
for West Africa and the African Union given the role it has played in the
region as well as Nigeria's current status as chair of the Economic Community of West
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