Improved Trans-Border Synergy Will End Terrorism – Yemi Osinbajo

Osinbajo Harvard5 1Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has asked for improved synergy and strategic security policy between Nigeria and neighbouring nations in the war vs terrorism and violent extremism in Nigeria and neighbouring nations.

Yemi revealed this at the Foreign Policy and National Security Conference with the theme, “Securing Nigeria’s Strategic Neighbourhood,” organised by the National Defence College (NDC) on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to Osinbajo, Nigeria’s international obligations can be derived from bilateral commitments with its immediate neighbours and the fellow member states of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to the continent in general.

His words, “About three decades ago, the task of defining Nigeria’s strategic neighbourhood was a relatively easy one.

“We had in view our neighbours with whom we share contiguous borders, then West Africa and then Africa.

“Nigeria tends to view the ECOWAS region as its neighbourhood but has also retained strong relations with its immediate neighbours.

“We would perceive threats to national security through the lense of proximity as risks latent in the near abroad such as the Sahel and the Gulf of Guinea.

“This conception of our strategic neighbourhood has long been the dominant paradigm.”

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