Nigeria’ll continue role in foreign affairs- Lasun
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.”