Senate yesterday urged the Federal Government to reassess Nigeria’s foreign policy, especially in war-torn countries with a view to protecting investors and businessmen in other countries assisted by Nigeria to gain freedom, peace and security, but have become hostile to its citizenry.
This is even as the Upper Legislative Chamber directed its Committee on Foreign Affairs and other relevant committees to investigate several alleged maltreatment and killings of Nigerians abroad, as well as take into consideration the Doctrine of Diplomatic Reciprocity in its activities, and report back in four weeks.
These resolutions were sequel to a motion entitled: the urgent need to re-assess Nigeria’s foreign policy objectives in line with emerging economic realities.
The Red Chamber, following the motion raised by Senator Stella Oduah, particularly urged government to convene a foreign policy summit to, among other things, address issues on redefining Nigeria’s interests so as to focus the policy in addressing the global realities.
It further implored the government “to, going forward, imbibe Nigeria’s economic interest as vital component of our foreign policy objectives especially in countries where the nation invested her enormous human and material resources for restore security, peace, stability and democracy as the era of Father Christmas Diplomacy is certainly over”.
Leading debate on the motion, Oduah noted that prior to Nigeria’s independence in 1960, the country’s fundamental foreign policy principles have remained unchanged, explaining that every succeeding administration only came up with new circumstantial mechanisms aimed at achieving foreign policy goals.
– Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja