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.