Our foreign policy thrust much change (2)

THE answer to the question as to whether our foreign policy thrust is ripe for repositioning is an obvious “yes”. Several reasons can be adduced to justify this. Top among them is that other African countries have been gradually inching away from the common commitment to African unity, brotherhood, and common interests.

Nigeria appears to be the only one still tenaciously clinging to it. We are not calling for wholesale dumping of the policy. We are calling for a rejig; a fine-tuning that emphasizes the core, existential interests of our country and people. Many African countries are not just backing off from our collective commitments to Africa; there is an outright rise in the quantum of hostility to Nigerians on the continent.

There are waves of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and Nigerian businesses in same South Africa we paid through the nose to liberate. Meanwhile, their businesses and economic interests are thriving in Nigeria, leveraging on our large and imports-loving population. Ghana, our Anglophone neighbour, made a punitive law targeted at Nigerian traders. It provides that a foreigner must have US$300,000 in its deposit account before it can operate in Ghana.

READ ALSO: Time to change our foreign policy thrust (1) The Ghanaian government and citizens have often harassed, beaten and forcefully shut down Nigerian businesses, ignoring the ECOWAS protocol on free trade, to which Ghana is a signatory.

Over the penultimate weekend, things boiled over. A private individual accompanied by Ghana state security personnel, demolished buildings in the compound of the Nigerian High Commission in Accra. Nigeria was accused of failing to renegotiate an expired lease. This is an earthshaking diplomatic oddity!

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