The Federal Government on Wednesday said that it has commenced the process of reviewing the country’s foreign policy in line with the current global trends.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo stated this in Abuja on Wednesday 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).
According to him, the conference was 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 whatsoever that this workshop will carry out this assignment in a comprehensive and holistic manner.”
Osinbajo who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President, Office of the Vice President, Ambassador Adeyemi Dipeolu stated further that, “Some of these issues are immediate and confront us on a dual basis, while others are moving slowly but surely. 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.”
The acting Director General of the NIPSS Mr. Jonathan Mela Juma said that the nation’s foreign policy thrust has been Afrocentric where it prioritise 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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