Boko Haram: FG withdraws troops from Mali – Mark

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Lagos – The President of the Senate, David Mark,
on Monday said activities of Boko Haram
insurgents had compelled Government to withdraw
its peacekeeping troops from Mali.
He made the remark at a 2-Day Retreat on
Nigeria’s Foreign Policy jointly organised by the
Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and the
Nigerian Institute of International Affairs in Lagos.
The senate president said Boko Haram insurgency
had become a major challenge to Nigeria’s efforts
at forging relationships with her French-speaking
neighbours.
“The activities of Boko Haram insurgents are
beginning to affect Nigeria’s foreign policy’’, said
Mark, represented by his Chief of Staff, Sen.
Anthony Manzo.
He held that any government’s foreign policy was
an extension of its domestic policy.
“Let me advert to the domestic exigency that is
now dominating and affecting Nigeria’s foreign
policy.
“The onslaught of Boko Haram insurgents in
Northern Nigeria presently constitutes a serious
national security threat.
“If a foreign policy is a reflection of the domestic
policy, then, their acts have invariably affected and
determined our foreign behaviour,’’ he said.
He expressed optimism that the retreat would
identify and proffer solutions to Nigeria’s present
foreign policy challenges.
Sen. Mathew Nwagwu, Chairman, Senate
Committee on Foreign Affairs, said Nigeria’s
foreign policy had since 1960 remained consistent
with very few adjustments to meet the present
challenges.
Nwagwu said the retreat was to review some
aspects of Nigeria’s foreign policy and strengthen
its missions abroad.
The theme of the retreat is “Aspects of Nigeria’s
Foreign Policy in Contemporary Times.” (NAN)

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