By Omonu Nelson, Abuja
The Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria, AFRPN, has said that plans are at advance stage to parley with the leadership of leading Political Parties and the Diplomatic Community.
The group explained in a statement signed by Amb. Gani Lawal and Amb. Ridwan Mustapha, President and Secretary-General respectively, that the stakeholders parley became necessary in view of the indispensable roles political parties play in the formulation, articulation and implementation of the foreign policy.
The statement reads:
Meet the Diplomatic Community
The AFRPN (Association of Foreign Relations Professionals of Nigeria) has concluded arrangement to organize a parley between the leadership of Select Political Parties and the Diplomatic Community.
Aware of the pivotal role party politics play in the formulation, articulation and implementation of Nigeria’s Foreign Policy, the AFRPN in Line with its mandate to impact positively the foreign policy of Nigeria has invited formally the leadership of four of the contending political parties for the office of the President to rub minds with the diplomatic community as a way of deepening the understanding of the input-output system that has informed the Nigerian foreign policy options in the international arena which has served the nation well to become a leading player in Africa and the World at large.
The AFRPN is the foremost Nigerian diplomatic forum consisting of major stakeholders on Foreign Relations issues. Its membership spans across several institutions that deal with matters that transcend the frontiers of the nation’s borders such as serving and retired diplomatic staff and Ambassadors of Nigeria, Nigerian officials in international organisations and institutions that deal with foreign relations matters. Nigerians in the Diasporas, University professors, lecturers and students of International studies and political science, are also members of this association.
The “Meet the Diplomatic Community” parley will take place in the Rotunda of the Foreign Ministry at Balewa House, Federal Secretariat at 3p.m; on 10th of January. 2023. Our audience shall in addition to our members include the foreign envoys of all countries accredited to Nigeria. Each candidate will have 15 minutes to speak and 10 minutes to field questions.
The chairman of the occasion is the pioneer VC of Sokoto State University, former VC of University of Abuja Professor Nuhu Yaqub, OFR, the recipient of the Global award for Academic Excellence and pioneer President of Society for International Relations Awareness (SIRA); while the Moderator is Amb Dr. Boladei Godknows Igali, OON; former Nigerian Ambassador to the Scandinavian countries, Rtd. Fed Perm sec and the Pro Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Akure. (FUTA).
The event is expected to attract a large audience with attendant rewarding deliverables and takeaways.
There will be a pre-event press briefing on the 6th of January 2023, at 11.30 am, in the secretariat of AFRPN at Canal House Suite 9, Plot 1462 Abogo Lergama Street, Near Churchgate House, Central Business District, Abuja FCT
Thank you one and all.
Amb. Gani Lawal. PhD, ffrp. Amb. Ridhwan A. Mustapha ffrp.
President & Secretary-General.