PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan has welcomed Nigeria’s election Thursday to a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council with a total of 186 out of a possible 193 votes.

On behalf of the Federal Government people of Nigeria, President Jonathan wishes to convey his sincere appreciation of the support of all member-countries of the United Nations who voted for Nigeria’s election to the Security Council, in a statement by the President’s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati.

 The President believes that today’s endorsement of Nigeria’s candidature for the Security Council seat by the vast majority of member-countries is a glowing expression of support encouragement for Nigeria’s active participation in the promotion of peace, security political stability in Africa other parts of the world.

He added: “This is the fourth time since it became independent in 1960 that Nigeria is being elected to the UN Security Council. It is also the second time (2010-2011 2014-2015) that Nigeria will be elected to the Council under the Jonathan Presidency.”

The President is particularly delighted by this historic victory assures the global community that Nigeria, under his leadership, will continue to make very significant contributions towards the achievement sustenance of global peace security.