Buhari’s one year in office: We are counting our blessings -Foreign Minister

One year of President Muhammadu Buhari, in office, Nigeria is counting its blessings, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb Geoffrey Onyema. It is important to state clearly that “when we came on board the insurgency had 14 local governments in their control “President Buhari, immediately set to work by visiting our neighboring countries, Chad, Cameroon, Niger and Benin to assist in fighting Boko Haram boys. True to his promise by December 2015 our military reclaimed the 14 LGCs”.
Amb Onyema who spoke recently to newsmen, noted that because most of our neighboring countries were French-speaking , President Buhari travelled to France to urge the President of France to intervene and that also paid off as it led to the establishing of the Regional Intelligence Fusion Unit, (RIFU), with head office in Nigeria. He noted that with RIFU, there is more intelligence sharing.
But just as the FG has succeeded in quelling Boko Haram, a new wave of youth restiveness by militants commenced, Amb Onyema noted adding that “government is doing everything possible to nip it in the bud before it grows out of hand like the BH boys.”
We will use every diplomatic arsenal we have to bring to an end this bombing of oil facilities by the militants.
Nigeria’s foreign Affairs Minister noted that from the foreign policy perspective , Nigeria is a big country with important role to play in the world, in the West African sub region.
Thus after hosting the  ECOWAS Summit in November/December 2015, it was agreed to reform  ECOWAS and this is expected to take place within two years , to promote free movement of people and trade in the region.
He declared that Nigeria is playing a key role, pushing for peace on the African Continent. Nigeria is a member of Peace and Security Council to mediate in conflicts in the African Nations.
A peaceful and stable Africa is good for Nigeria , greater economy in Africa, Nigeria is at the fore front driving this.
Amb Onyema, says trade is low 12%  thus most African countries are trading with non African nations, so Nigeria is strongly promoting intra African trade.
He called for a reform of the United Nations, asking for Africa to have two permanent seats.

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