Nige­ria’ll con­tinue role in for­eign af­fairs- La­sun

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi

Nige­ria would con­tinue to play lead­ing role in Africa and in­ter­na­tion­ally with a view to of­fer­ing so­lu­tions to the is­sues of refugees and mi­grants, Deputy Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Yus­suf La­sun has said.

La­sun who led the Nige­rian del­e­ga­tion to the just con­cluded 133rd As­sem­bly of the In­ter-Par­lia­men­tary Union (IPU) held in Geneva, Switzer­land said it was im­per­a­tive for Nige­ria to con­trib­ute to the de­ci­sions taken at IPU so that its pres­ence would be well ap­pre­ci­ated.

A state­ment from La­sun’s Chief Press Sec­re­tary Wole Oladimeji said the deputy speaker, who ex­pressed con­cern over Nige­ria’s ab­sence in the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the IPU, noted that it was in sharp con­trast with the in­ter­ven­tion roles the coun­try has been play­ing glob­ally.

“Nige­ria is a coun­try that has played a lead­ing role par­tic­u­larly in the eman­ci­pa­tion of fel­low African coun­tries. We know what we did dur­ing the days of Apartheid; we know what we did dur­ing the cri­sis in the sub-re­gion, West Africa with Liberia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, every­where,” the state­ment added.

Speak­ing, IPU Sec­re­tary Gen­eral, Mr Martin Chun­gong said the union was ready to aid Nige­ria’s quest for more prom­i­nent roles, say­ing “The very fact that Nige­ria or­ga­nized an elec­tion with a change of gov­ern­ment through the bal­lot box with­out any prob­lem like maybe in ad­vance democ­racy, has sent a strong sig­nal from Nige­ria as a big coun­try that democ­racy can work in Africa.”

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