30 Years After, FG To Review Foreign Policy
Thirty years after, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo disclosed that the Federal Government is committed to reviewing the nation’s foreign policy to match the global trend.
He gave the assurance on Wednesday in Abuja at a two-day “Stakeholders’ Conference on Nigeria’s Foreign Policy and Strategy: Responses to the Dynamics of the Domestic and Global Environments in the 21st Century” organised by the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS).
Osinbajo ,who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President, Economic Affairs , Ambassador Adeyemi Dipeolu said the conference is important coming after a similar one in 1986 and especially in the face of evolving challenges in the world.
He said “We live in a dynamic and changing global environment. It is proper that we undertake a broad review of our foreign policy and strategy. I have no doubt that this workshop will carry out this assignment in a comprehensive and holistic manner,”
“Some of our more obvious and pressing concerns include overall security, corruption and the economy which are matters of great priority to the Buhari administration with a view to determining Nigeria’s role in the global landscape and the challenges of managing the global community.”
On his part,the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Gofferey Onyeama who was represented at the event by the permanent Secretary in his ministry said said no doubt 30 years on,a great deal of challenges and changes have occurred both at the home front and the international arena.
According to him, these developments necessitate a strident and robust review of the country ‘s foreign policy and strategy, to align them with the realities of the 21st century.
“In the intervening period between the review in 1986 and 2016, our nation has experienced myriads of problems and challenges in various proportions. These range from terrorism and transnational security threats, insurgency, massive poverty, youth restiveness, weak and mono- cultural economy, including monumental corrupt practices and ethno-religious crisis among others.
” all of these are vices are some of the stimuli that have combined to adversely undermine efforts at achieving national integration and development, with adverse effects on the conduct of our foreign policy.
” Nigeria’s national interests should constitute the bedrock and fundamental guidelines of all our foreign policy objectives and strategies in Africa ; the European Union; Americas ; Asia and the Pacific regions as well as our engagement with international organisations and multilateral institutions to which Nigeria is a member state ; State parties and signatory “, He added.
The acting Director General of the NIPSS, Mr. Jonathan Mela Juma said that the nation’s foreign policy thrust has been Afro-centric where it prioritises the political, economic and socio-cultural well-being of other African Countries leading to her global role in peace and security.
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