Nigeria Did Not Submit Application to Join BRICS, Says Shettima

Shettima Clarifies: Nigeria's Non-Pursuit of BRICS Membership

Nigeria’s BRICS Membership Clarification by Vice President Shettima

Absence of Application Stressed

Vice President Kashim Shettima has provided clarity on Nigeria’s position regarding BRICS, confirming that the country did not submit an application for membership within the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa bloc.

Insights from BRICS Summit

Statements Amid New Admissions


On the sidelines of the BRICS Summit held in South Africa, Shettima addressed the matter in response to the recent inclusion of six new members into the economic bloc – Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE.

Nigeria’s Stand on BRICS Membership

Consensus Building and Democratic Approach

Shettima shed light on Nigeria’s stance, indicating that the country’s decision not to apply for BRICS membership was rooted in President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s commitment to consensus building and democratic values. This approach, he noted, was influential in the country’s stance on seeking BRICS membership.

Vice President’s Summit Participation and Diplomatic Outreach

Engagement on International Stage

Shettima, as Nigeria’s representative at the BRICS Summit, underscored the importance of diplomacy and international engagement. In addition to addressing the membership issue, he also called on Nigerian citizens in South Africa to uphold lawfulness and show respect towards the host country’s citizens.

Context: Nigeria’s Diplomatic Direction

Balancing Global Alliances and Values

Nigeria’s absence from the newly admitted BRICS members stirred mixed reactions within the country. While some questioned the decision, Shettima’s clarification highlights the importance of aligning international alliances with democratic principles and building consensus, reflecting Nigeria’s unique diplomatic direction.

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