The Midnight Crisis of UNESCO revolved around the issue of Boko Haram taking control over the oil trade of Nigeria by occupying 151 out of 159 oil reserves. Additionally, the Boko Haram refused to trade its oil with other nations, thus providing Nigeria with superiority, which posed a threat to the Middle Eastern and African regions. Recent reports suggest that the terrorists received nuclear warheads from Iran and now have full control of the same. The existence of nuclear weaponry left the Nigerian delegation and its neighbours stunned as it posed a major threat to their national security.
The UNESCO was provided with a crisis update which informed the neighbouring countries about Boko Haram taking over and destroying the cultural heritage of Nigeria and acting as a threat to its national security. Nonetheless, the existence of nuclear powers is a huge risk as it encompasses constant fear of deployment which leads to the destruction of countries as a whole .
The delegation of Nigeria made a clear declaration: “We do not support terrorism and are strongly against it!” It was further emphasised that, “destruction of any kind of cultural heritage will lead to not only short but also long-term damages.” In light of this, the delegate requested other countries to provide Nigeria with improved healthcare, aid, food and military support. Evidently, the Nigerian force, weakened due to scarcity of resources, was unable to fight back.
Nigeria being one of the fifty five sovereign countries in the African Union has a primary goal : to remain united and independent. Since the crisis began, members of the African Union were constantly worried about the threat of nuclear power upon neighbouring countries like Chad, Cameroon and Benin. Higher authorities of Nigeria decided not to start an offensive against Boko Haram, instead solve the issue without the use of direct force. A concrete solution to stop the terrorist organisation from causing any more damage to the country and its people is yet to be arrived at.
Reporter: Tanuj Dargan
Editor: Meharr Talwar