Since it first became a member of the Council in 2006, Nigeria has (in the absence of consensus): voted in favour of three item 4 resolutions on the situation in the Syrian Arab Republic; voted against a number of item 4 resolutions on the situations in Belarus, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and Sudan; and abstained during votes on item 4 resolutions on Belarus, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. Nigeria voted in favour of a 2012 item 2 resolution on the situation in Sri Lanka. For item 7 resolutions (human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories), Nigeria has always voted in favour. On item 10 resolutions (capacity-building), Nigeria has joined consensus on all resolutions except for two that were voted on during the period of its membership: on cooperation with Ukraine (Nigeria abstained), and on the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (Nigeria voted in favour).
For thematic resolutions dealing with civil and political rights, Nigeria has generally joined consensus. Where there has been a vote, it has nearly always voted in favour. Notwithstanding, Nigeria voted against a 2011 resolution on sexual orientation, and abstained during voting on defamation of religion, religious intolerance, religious discrimination, and ‘human rights, democracy and rule of law.’
For thematic resolutions dealing with economic, social and cultural rights, Nigeria has either joined consensus on, or has voted in favour of, nearly all adopted texts.