By Daniel Idonor
FORMER Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, and other members of the council, yesterday, met with Acting President Goodluck Jonathan.
Other members of the council were Ambassadors Hamzat Ahmadu, B.A Clark and J. Chinade; Professor Jide Osuntokun, Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf and Mr. J.S Tolorunleke.
At the end of the meeting held behind closed doors, Anyaoku, who led the members to brief the Acting President on what the nationâ€™s interests with the international community should be, noted that Jonathan’s emergence as Acting President has brought stability to the polity.
He pointed out that they were in Aso Rock to rub minds and brief the Jonathan on what constitute Nigeriaâ€™s interest in the foreign scene, especially as it affect major current international situations across Africa, and beyond.
â€œThis is the Presidential Advisory Council on Foreign Affairs and, we have been briefing the Acting President on our work, which is concerned with looking at the international scene and advising on what Nigeria’s interests are and attitudes to those issues.â€
According to him, the emergence of Jonathan as Ag. President following his endorsement by the National Assembly has not only brought stability to the country but has also disabused the minds of critics who thought Nigeria was drifting to an unpredictable end.
He stated that the tension brought about by the long absence of President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua has been lowered, insisting that critics of Nigeria can now appreciate its effort at managing its own affairs.
â€œI can say that before he became the acting president, our friends abroad and people at home were worried that the country seemed to be drifting and there was concern that if the country continue to drift, you couldnâ€™t predict what the end would be, but, his formal assumption of office has brought in stability and the lowering of tension and anxiety and that is a very good thing.â€
He noted that throughout the time that the political quagmire lasted, our foreign friends were very worried that Nigeria may not be able to emerge stronger but today the country has proved them wrong.
The former diplomat said Nigeriaâ€™s friends abroad and indeed, the international community, can come to terms that a constitutional arrangement is what led to the emergence of Jonathan; and this has brought element of credibility to governance in the country.
â€œI think that most of our critics abroad and at home have welcomed the fact that we now have a constitutionally approved arrangement for the governance of this country and that has brought in much greater element of predictability and that is what a stable country should aim atâ€.