AFRICA should indeed fight for a permanent seat on the United Nations (UN) Security Council since most of the conflicts that have so far been resolved by the body involve African countries.
There is no need for the Security Council to remain a body of 15 countries with Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China, and the United States of America having veto powers.
Africa should be represented so that it can have a say on some of the decisions of the body. We don’t understand why Africa should be represented by Latin America and the Caribbean when African countries can speak for themselves.
In fact, Africa being a continent with 51 member countries should have veto powers when admitted to the Security Council, especially on peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action.
We say this because even when Europe was involved in the First and Second Worlds Wars some 70 years ago, Africans were involved through supporting their colonisers.
After the post-World wars era, most of the conflicts shifted to Africa where the fight for independence intensified.
Therefore, there is no reason why Africa should remain unrepresented in the Security Council when the continent comprises 51 countries.
In fact, while other continents remain relatively peaceful, Africa is still a hotspot with conflicts here and there.
It should be understood that because of this situation, only Africans can ably explain the type of conflicts and the interventions needed when UN peacekeepers are sent to conflict countries.
It is for this reason that we find the African Union Committee of 10 summit being held in Livingstone important.
The participating countries at the Livingstone summit preparing grounds of argument to be presented to the African Union outlining reasons why Africa needs a permanent seat at the Security Council should undertake their assignment diligently.
The African Union which will receive the resolutions of the Livingstone summit should also expedite their meeting so that the UN and member countries carefully study Africa’s position on its demand for a permanent seat on the Security Council.
African countries should not be treated like second-class members at the UN when the organisation fights for equality of all countries and races.
It is therefore discriminatory for the UN to deny Africa a seat on the Security Council when membership of countries is premised on equality.
The Security Council members should not fear Africa but embrace the continent so that the whole world moves in tandem with the aspirations of the United Nations.
This African fight for a permanent seat on the Security Council should have positive results.