Israel to strengthen diplomatic relations with Nigeria – Ambassador

Moshe Ram, Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, said in Abuja on Sunday that his country is ready to further strengthen its diplomatic relations with Nigeria.

Mr. Moshe said this on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Nigeria. 

He said the move is “undoubtedly” significant in that it symbolises the return of Israel to the most important country on the African continent after an absence of 20 years.

The Israel ambassador also said that the event coincides with the celebration of the Jewish holiday of Shavout.

 He said that Shavout’s significance includes the commemoration of the day God gave the Law to the Israelites and the grain harvest in Israel when individuals could bring the first fruit to the temple in Jerusalem.

Mr. Moshe said the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Nigeria coincides with the season of grain harvest in Israel and is significant.

According to him, the event often makes farmers and their entourage to pass through cities and town accompanied by music and dance with their fruit baskets.

The re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Nigeria and the season of grain harvest in Israel were celebrated in Abuja on Sunday.

“My country’s unique geopolitical situation in the Middle East and its total lack of natural resources left us with no alternative but to ultilise our human resources to the utmost.”

He said that one of the most significant values in Jewish tradition is the moral obligation of sharing. 

He added that Israel’s foreign policy is guided and conducted based on the ideology which, he said, is at the forefront of the country’s operation in Africa.

He also said that the number of Nigerians going to Israel on pilgrimage is increasing every year.

Viola Onwuliri, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said the relations between the two countries would continue to blossom, adding that Nigeria would partner Israel in the areas of education and agriculture culture, among others. 

She said Nigeria shares a lot with Israel and that the country is safe hence the increase in the number of Nigerians going on pilgrimage to Israel.

Martins Uhomoibhi, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the Israeli ambassador has revolutionised the relations between the two countries.


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  • shorebattery

    What about the recent spate of xenophobia perpetrated by thugs and hoodlums against Africans and Nigerians in Israel? It was quite a shameful act because, considering the antecedents of Israel, such a show shouldn’t have happened at all. Most countries in Africa (except some very few Arab North Africans) have been admirers of Israel. However this recent show of shame in Israel has put to question the raison d’etre for such continued admiration. Granted that it is the right of every nation (including Israel of course) to decide which alien stays or leaves the country, however, such a right should and MUST be exercised responsibly and in accord with laid down principles of both national and international law. Accordingly, if Israel had wanted to deport these Africans, assuming these Africans had committed crimes considered serious under Israeli law and that such crimes merited expulsion or deportation of such aliens, laid down rules of law and transparency of these laws should have been followed by the relevant Israeli authorities. The news that the activities of these Israeli hoodlums, thugs and hooligans were instigated by members of the Israeli government left a very sour taste in the mouth. Of course this assertion could be denied but the situation where policemen stood idly by watching and enjoying the torturing of these Africans by the Israeli thugs spoke a lot about the complicity of the Israeli government in this shameful and sordid act. Israel must aspire to make friends with other countries, especially developing African countries. However, what has just happened completely negated any policy of international friendly relations between Israel and some parts of the world.

    Israel may be basking in the belief that whatever it does is always covered and expunged by America and some few Western nations’ goodwill towards Israel, probably because America and some of these nations form the Permanent Members of the UN Security Council of the United Nations. But Israel should now begin to learn that the powers of thse permanent members could be boycotted by the UN General Assembly, especially as international peace and security matters are concerned. The UN, as an international organization, is fast changing. Israel should and MUST jettison overboard all acts of unprovoked aggression against nationals of other nations, especially those foreign nationals living in Israel. Israel’s position should make her think twice before embarking upon any hostile action as had just happened against Africans living in their midst in Israel. Come to think of it, were these Africans the only aliens living in Israel? Why did these Israeli hoodlums and thugs not target also Europeans, Americans, Arabs and other foreigners living in Israel? Was this another form of Ethnic Cleansing by Israel? Was this a neo-racial discrimination policy by the Israeli Government? And how would Israel react should Nigeria, for example, retaliate in the usual tit-for-tat by harassing and dehumanizing Israelis living in Nigeria? I am sure Israelis in Israel would troop out to cheer these acts of brigandry should Nigeria decide to retaliate? Other nations must not take Africans’ show of hospitality as a sign of weakness. Israel must never think it is a nation that is indispensable to Africans and Nigerians in particular. Just watch it.