Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Zubairu Dada has hinted of impending assessment of the nation’s overseas coverage.
This is as ex-Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Ignatius Olisemeka warned that overseas coverage ought to by no means be run on a charitable foundation.
They spoke yesterday in Abuja on the maiden Annual Foreign Policy Public Lecture 2019 organised by the Association of Retired Career Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN).
Dada mentioned on assumption of workplace, President Muhammadu Buhari gave them a nine-point agenda to execute within the ministry. According to him, agenda consists of the assessment of the nation’s overseas coverage.
He added that the directive to assessment the nation’s overseas coverage was because of international dynamism and the necessity for the nation to vary with time.
Olisemeka, who was the visitor speaker, famous that the nation’s present overseas coverage was too overseas and has not sufficiently pressured the complementarity of home and overseas insurance policies.
The former minister below the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar-led army administration, who termed the nation’s overseas coverage as “Africa as Centrepiece of Nigeria foreign policy”, warned that overseas coverage ought to by no means be run on a charitable foundation, which has not yielded any tangible profit to the nation.
He cited the incessant killings and destruction of Nigerian companies in South Africa and different locations as an indicative of the weak spot within the nation’s previous overseas insurance policies.
He mentioned: “One lesson that could possibly be drawn from all of that is that overseas coverage ought to by no means be run on a charitable foundation. There should be a price-tag to each effort. That worth, whether or not in goodwill, or in different phrases, should be fastidiously calculated beforehand, demanded and totally exerted when the mission is over or when the time is ripe. It is in no way, as at all times been argued, an ethical situation as as to if one ought to or not count on appreciation from one other nation for flip completed. It is extra primary than that. It is just that one has the proper to count on end result from one’s personal efforts. How that result’s achieved is a matter of planning. There is little question that when insurance policies are correctly and thoroughly conceived and deliberate, reward is inevitable. On the opposite hand, thoughtlessly and carelessly conceived and executed programmes and engagements yield no end result.
“This, explains why we could invest so much effort, so much energy and so many resources (as we did in Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Namibia, Liberia, Sierra Leone and other parts of West Africa) and reap nothing positive from such effort. The reoccurring spate of xenophobic attacks and killing of Nigerians in South Africa, are all indicative of the weakness in our perception of our real interests, weakness in planning, weakness in our approach and style in the Southern Africa liberation struggles. Simply put in one sentence: it was an abysmal weakness in our diplomacy.”
Olisemeka additionally posited that Nigeria was but to conceive overseas coverage as an instrument for nationwide improvement.
He posited that the home and overseas coverage are world aside, as they’re oblivion of existence of each other.