Experts have stated Nigeria can solely solidify its leadership standing within the Sahel region when it begins to champion conversations round peace, safety and stability to assist fast-track economic growth for the continent.
The consultants declare Nigeria has the capability and can to encourage Africa to socio-economic greatness however is at present underperforming in that position.
Chris Ngwodo, the Director General, Office for Strategic Preparedness and Resilience, at an occasion to foster conversations on points which are vital to Nigeria and its regional neighbours, stated the nation wants to evaluation her overseas insurance policies, pursue political integration and deal with the Sahel region.
Ngwodo who heads the federal authorities’s Early Warning Center famous that the nation has to intentionally interact with occasions shut to its borders and happenings in Sahel nations to present the wanted leadership.
He defined that it was lengthy overdue for Nigeria to resuscitate its Pan-African spirit which noticed the nation champion resistance in opposition to colonial actions in Africa and carry out the massive brother position of peacekeeping in troubled African nations.
Ngwodo stated ‘‘Nigeria should come to phrases with an opposing tendency inside its overseas coverage and disposition to the world, the continent and the region at giant.
‘‘Nigerians can be very insular; we tend to be indifferent to events happening around us or just beyond our borders, we are obsessed with our own internal problems and fixated with our struggle to forge coherence out of our diversity.’’
Despite the widespread perception that the Pan-African spirit has been naturally eroded owing to economic and socio-cultural challenges, Ngwodo insists Nigeria can’t proceed to be detached to occasions simply outdoors its borders.
He stated Nigeria should intentionally interact the Sahel to curb non-state armed teams, facilitate local weather adaptation, and assist alleviate poverty or meals insecurity within the continent.
‘‘Nigeria must redefine its foreign policies for the next decade, build a transnational coalition of stakeholders across the region to collaboratively tackle the Sahelian challenges.’’
Meanwhile, the Lead, Imagine Nigeria Secretariat, Lanre Shasore in her contributions maintained that Nigeria wants to lead Africa to achieve success.
She stated the leadership should proceed to construct belief in society by facilitating a nationwide narrative, reviewing world developments and figuring out alternatives for the nation.
In a presentation, Dr. Julius Gatune of the Dedan Kemathi University of Technology, in Kenya, stated Nigeria has constantly led the remainder in sharing developmental data with many nations in Africa however has failed to leverage its potential to be nice.
He stated the nation should foster continental peace, safety, integration and technological growth.
“But it still has to come up with effective strategies and action plans to actualize the vision of a green industrial economy for Africa”.