Our 4Ds Foreign Can Only Be Achieved If

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By: Hamza Alkali

The Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar says the 4 D foreign policy direction of the Tinubu administration cannot be achieved without reforming the Ministry of Foreign affairs into a technology-driven environment with the right bureaucracy to achieve it objectives.

He started this in Abuja at the annual lecture of the Association of Retired Career Ambassadros of Nigeria.

Ambassador Tuggar while presenting a paper entitled the Nigerian Foreign Policy under the Tinubu administration explained that reforms were already in place to bring back the system of Undersecretaries in the New Year, with the return of several senior ambassadors.

While calling all stakeholders to lend a hand in making the Tinubu Doctrine a success, Ambassador Tuggar said the 4-Ds foreign policy agenda (Democracy, Diaspora, Demography and Development) we’re also targeted towards getting a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council and other global organizations and institutions.

The President of ARCAN, Ambassador John Shinkaiye, said Nigeria was facing significant security challenges including terrorism, insurgency and internal conflicts, adding that dealing with these issues would require collaborating with regional, continental and global partners.

Ambassador Shinkaye, who outlined the significance of foreign policy in international politics, explained that Nigeria’s foreign policy would be shaped by domestic factors, regional dynamics, and global realities.

In his remarks, the President, Society for International Relations Awareness (SIRA), Mr. Owei Lakemfa said, Foreign Policy was a reflection of Domestic Policy and no country can be great if its Domestic Policy was floundering and not sound.

“If we want to have an effective Nigerian Foreign Policy, four things are important. First, we must ensure the welfare and well-being of ordinary Nigerians. Secondly, we need to ensure the security of Nigeria and Nigerians. Thirdly, we must build a strong economy and currency, and fourthly, we must defend and promote the first three.”

Diplomats, Foreign Affairs scholars at the events made contributions on how the nation could successfully achieve it’s foreign policy direction.

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