Nigeria to establish embassies in all African countries – Jonathan

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.


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  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    PDP-president Jonathan is running Nigerian national affairs like a prodigal son who spends his inheritance imprudently and wastefully,not to the benefit of himself and other offsprings of his parents.

    President Jonathan seems to be thinking and planning from his feet not from his head.Or how can Jonathan be planning to establish Nigerian embassy/High Commission in almost all Africa nations,in this present days when all civilized nations are cutting down on unnecessary budgets,but instead now stretch wider,the thin layer of the scarce national funds of foreign embassies Worldwide,for one single embassy, to now oversea regional countries from one location,in a regional block.

    President Ebele Jonathan does not measure up to the task of restrucuturing,and micro-managing of
    people scarce national resources.Of what vital national best intrest, would Nigeria establishing High Commissions in all African countries,be to Nigerians?

    President Ebele Jonathan lacks the consciencious spirit to imbibe good managerial skills of our quarterly, accruing national resources revenues, of Nigeria.Nigeria must cut its coat according to Nigeria’s size.But president Jonathan has been very extravagance in his presidency and regime’s management of our strinking revenues,resources.

    Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan,
    Writes From Canada.