President Goodluck Jonathan said in Abuja on Thursday that his administration is working toward establishing embassies or representational offices in all African countries.
Mr. Jonathan made the plan known during an audience with the new Mauritanian Ambassador to Nigeria, B.A. Abderrahmane.
He said the step is in furtherance of his administration’s commitment to working with all African countries in promoting democracy, good governance and progress on the continent.
The president reaffirmed the centrality of peace, political stability and socio-economic development in Africa to Nigeria’s foreign policy.
“Africa remains the centrepiece of our foreign policy and I have always believed that if real progress and development are to come to Africa, we must initiate it ourselves.
“We cannot keep waiting for others to do it for us. Establishing functional relationships amongst ourselves is a necessary first step in this regard.
“We are committed to ultimately having full diplomatic representation with all African nations,” he said.
The president expressed the hope that the existing relationship between Nigeria and Mauritania would be further strengthened during Mr. Abderrahmane’s tenure.
The president also received the letters of credence of the new ambassadors of Thailand, Somchai Powcharon and Bangladesh, Nur Mohammed.
He told the two envoys that his administration would welcome the expansion of areas of bilateral cooperation between Nigeria and their respective countries.