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Nigeria’s insecurity: UN ex-top official sends message to Buhari govt

Professor Ibrahim Gambari, former Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, has advised the Federal Government to make war on terrorism one of his priorities in the country’s foreign policy.

Gambari gave the advice Wednesday in Abuja while delivering a lecture at the 2019 Annual Conference of the Association of Foreign Professionals of Nigeria (AFRPN).

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Gambari explained that terrorism had become a global scourge that required coordinated efforts to fight at the national, regional, continental, and global levels.

NAN quoted him as explaining that development had huge impacts on foreign policy and the foreign policy process in all countries, including Nigeria.

“Terrorism is an essential challenge in the global environment with activities and attacks by terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, Al Shabab, ISIS, Al-Qaida.

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“Since terrorism does not respect territorial limits, we must not allow such restrictions to be limited to combat it.

“Therefore, in developing a framework and action plans to combat terrorism and violent extremist groups in the subregion, a multifaceted and comprehensive approach must be developed.

“This includes degrading their military capabilities and implementing peace-building strategies that address ignorance, a major factor for terrorist recruits, the spread of conflicts, poverty, unemployment, injustices, and social inequality,” Gambari said.

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In addition to combating terrorism, the former envoy said that Nigeria’s foreign policy should include the development agenda, the Foreign Service reform, Nigeria’s external economic and trade relations, as well as the use of Nigerians in the diaspora.

He further explained that Nigeria must go beyond the slogan of “economic diplomacy” to mobilize its national potentials towards the country’s development.