A member of the House of Representatives, Hon. Ajibola Famurewa, has called for a review of Nigeria’s foreign policy and make it more people oriented.
The lawmaker who spoke exclusively to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, was reacting to the diplomatic standoff Nigeria had with South Africa before the latter tendered apologies to the former which was also accepted.
Famurewa who represents Atakumosa East|West\Ilesa East|West Federal Constituency of Osun State, said the big brother role which Nigeria has played over the years has been taken for granted by our African brothers, who should learn to wield the big stick when the need arises.
While commending Nigeria for reciprocating their South African counterpart measure for measure, he observed that Nigeria cannot run away from playing the role God has placed it to perform in the continent.
The lawmaker however, insisted that the nation must begin to evolve foreign policy that would place premium on the pride, protection and value of its citizens, even as it renders help to other African countries that are in need.
He commended the present administration for its resolve to drum it into the ears of African countries and the rest of the world that it would not fold its hand and watch the rights of its citizens trampled upon.
It would be recalled that a diplomatic row had ensued between Nigeria and South Africa within the week when South African authorities illegally deported over hundred Nigerians over yellow card vaccine. Nigeria responded immediately afterwards and later demanded apologies from South Africa.