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Nigeria: Minister says foreign policy to focus on citizens

Posted by African Press International on September 19, 2007

Lagos (Nigeria) Nigerias Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, Thursday said that Nigeria had rebranded its foreign policy to focus on the role and achievements of its citizens.

Maduekwe, who is in New York to attend the 62nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, told journalist in New York that the citizen-oriented foreign policy would be pursued based on the seven-point agenda of Nigerian President Umaru Yaraduas administration.

“It is going to be a celebration of the successes of Nigerias leadership on foreign policy right from independence.

“We are not changing the fundamentals of our foreign policy thrust, but we are rebranding it. It is now Citizen Diplomacy or the diplomacy in which the citizen is the focus.

“The objectives of the policy is to reflect the domestic, political, economic, technological, social and cultural aspirations of Nigerians in projecting Nigeria to the entire world, Maduekwe said in reports monitored in Lagos.

According to him, what is meant is that Nigerias foreign policy “must benefit her citizens, while they also serve as tool to project and defend the country”.

Maduekwe also said that Nigeria would deploy its foreign policy as a strong marketing tool to boost her image and expose her potentials to other countries.

“We are trying to ensure that our foreign policy becomes the most powerful way to express who we are and our contributions to the black race,” he said.

Published by Korir, API*APN tel +47 932 99 739 or +47 6300 2525 source.apa

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