AFRPN ready to put presidential candidates of APC, PDP, LP, NNPP in a hot sit on foreign policy

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By Joy Odor

The Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria (AFRPN) has informed that as it’s part of oversight function to impact on Nigeria’s foreign policy, it has arranged to engage the leadership of four contending political parties for the office of the President in the February 2023 general elections on a hot sit to rub minds with the diplomatic community.

According to the President of AFRPN, Dr. Gani Lawal, this is in recognition of the pivotal role party politics play in the formulation, articulation and implementation of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy which the candidates have to tell Nigerians how their manifesto would deal with it.

Dr Lawal made this known to journalists in Abuja on Friday in address at the pre-event press conference a view of sharing with anxious electorate the novelty of alleviating the pervasive perception of the waning clout of Nigeria in the continent and indeed universally.

The AFRPN President opined that it is also to deepen the knowledge and understanding of the input-output system that has informed the Nigerian foreign policy options in the international arena which has served her well as a leading player in Africa and the World at large.

The four foremost political contenders in the forthcoming general election are All Progressive Congress(APC), People Democratic Party(PDP), Labour Party(LP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party(NNPP).

“Expected to grace the occasion include political parties, practitioners of international relations, staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Heads of Diplomatic and Consular Missions, Patrons of the association such as Ambassador(Dr.) Dalhatu Tafida former High Commissioner of Nigeria to United Kingdom and Former and present Honourable Ministers of Foreign Affairs are expected to graciously attend the Event”.

“Also expected are Heads of Institutions and Agencies such as, Comptrollers-General of the Nigeria Custom Service and Nigeria Immigration Service as well as the Commandant of the Defence College”.

“All Heads of Diplomatic and Consular Missions and related relevant Non Governmental Organizations are expected to be in attendance”. Lawal stressed

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