BRICS Admits Six New Members Excluding Nigeria

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With the integration of six new members with effect from January 2024, the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), announced an expansion of the emerging countries’ bloc, yesterday; Nigeria, the supposed giant of Africa, is not part of the expansion.

According to South African President, Cyril Ramaphosa, Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the United Arab Emirates are the six countries that have been offered membership.

Chinese President, Xi Jinping, expressed his delight by commending the “historic enlargement” and predicted a “radiant future for the BRICS.”

Negotiations were held behind closed doors during a plenary session; however, no tangible information was released on either the content of discussions, the support given or the criteria used in choosing the new members. About 40 countries from all over the world either applied for membership or expressed interest in joining the bloc.

BRICS and its expansion is a sign of the growing influence of emerging countries on the world stage, according to the “club of five”, which produces a quarter of the world’s wealth and brings together 42 per cent of the world’s population.

“A strategic success for the country’s foreign policy”. Hailed an excited Teheran on X, formerly Known as Twitter, immediately after the announcement.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Abiy Ahmed, also took to social media as he spoke of “an important moment” for his country, and announced that “Ethiopia is ready to cooperate with all for an inclusive and prosperous world order”.

President Mohammed bin Zayed of the United Arab Emirates also welcomed the agreement, saying that he “respects the vision of the BRICS leaders,” and Egypt said it looked forward to “making the voice of the countries of the South heard.”

The BRICS has in common, the demand for a more inclusive global balance; particularly with regard to the influence of the United States and the European Union. Making the bloc’s expansion a heterogeneous alliance.

Vice President Kashim Shettima, who represented President Bola Tinubu at the summit, said his economic reforms and diplomatic alliances will attract investments and partnerships to Nigeria; while aligning with international and regional cooperation.

“The new government, which began less than three months ago, is examining variables and evaluating the scope and level of regional and global cooperation to pursue, in order to establish Nigeria as a desired friend and partner.” Shettima said.

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