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Foreign Affairs, Defence ministries must work together, says Maduekwe

By Chinyere Amalu

ABUJA—Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence must work in closer consultations in order to maintain a stronger foreign policy for the overall good of the country, Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe has said.

Maduekwe made this observation yesterday in Abuja when he received the Ministry of Defence delegation, led by the Director in charge of Veteran Affairs, Brig. Gen. M. Kwabe, in his office.

According to him, Nigeria is playing an enviable role in peacekeeping operations all around the world, recalling the participation of Nigeria’s past leaders such as General Aguyi Ironsi, Obasanjo, and others.

“Nigeria has the largest contingent in Dafur (Sudan), and the Federal Government had made Africa the centre of her foreign policy,” he added.

The Minister used the opportunity of the emblem decoration to urge the military to keep to their professional responsibilities, pointing out that Nigeria in the dispensation of democracy, “is abiding by the rule of law and respect to the Constitution of the land.”

He reiterated the nation’s commitment and support for the Armed Forces, as they continue to carry out their responsibilities of propagating the country’s foreign policies.


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