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Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by babasin(m): 9:45am On Sep 12, 2007
Nigeria has announced a “retaliatory” foreign policy, warning that any country that presents Nigeria as corrupt without showcasing the intellect of Nigerians would be declared a “hostile nation”.

In this regard, Maduekwe said “we are simply saying, this diplomacy would be a diplomacy of consequences. If you are nice to us, then of course, we should be nice to you. If you were not nice to us, then of course there would be a cost. This is called the concept of reciprocity. This is called the diplomacy of consequences.”

Ojo Madueke, the new FA minister is stirring-up something big.

is this way to go about this?

should PDP for instance not sack the 'ole' madam speakers?

should 'ole' Mark still be senate president?

should PDP not ask for new election to clean their image from OBJ?

grin shocked

http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=89077
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by ADint(m): 2:27pm On Sep 12, 2007
Hopefully he is for real and the government will give him the required backing when the 'games' start!
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by NINETOFIVE(m): 2:47pm On Sep 12, 2007
[b]Nigeria has announced a “retaliatory” foreign policy, warning that any country that presents Nigeria as corrupt without showcasing the intellect of Nigerians would be declared a “hostile nation”.
The new foreign policy tagged “Citizenship Diplo-macy” was unfolded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, yesterday.
It is geared towards “protecting” the image and integrity of Nigeria and retaliates against countries who are hostile and who brand Nigeria as “corrupt”, he said.
Ojo, who spoke at a book presentation by former Minister of Education, Professor Tunde Adeniran, in Abuja, disclosed that Nigeria’s foreign policy, without any fundamental change in content, “is now what we like to call Citizens Diplomacy. It is going to be a citizen-centred foreign policy, which is: how does this benefit Nigeria and Nigerians? It is a way of strengthening our commitment to Africa.
“We believe that it is time to let the world know that Nigeria is not a beggar nation that has to be made to feel ashamed by the actions of a few criminals who disgrace us at airports in the world by their activities.
“So we have urged that for every Nigerian drug pusher arrested or 419 arrested or a suspect arrested in the major stations of the world, they have a responsibility to showcase those Nigerian surgeons that are making a difference in their communities of those countries.”
Accordingly, he said, “failure to tell the good story about Nigeria from now on, would be considered as a hostile act. Because if you brand us a nation of scammers, as a nation where nothing works, you will be undermining our self-esteem, you undermine our national unity and you make it difficult for investors to come to our country and that could bring unemployment and poverty and of course there is a linkage between poverty and insecurity.”
In this regard, Maduekwe said “we are simply saying, this diplomacy would be a diplomacy of consequences. If you are nice to us, then of course, we should be nice to you. If you were not nice to us, then of course there would be a cost. This is called the concept of reciprocity. This is called the diplomacy of consequences.”
He explained further: “Our foreign policy has come of age and the age of innocence is over. We remain proud of our track record right from Tafawa Balewa up till now. The country that has the largest black nation in the world could not have done otherwise. A world where every six black man is a Nigerian could not have done otherwise, or where every four Africans is a Nigerian could not have done otherwise.
“We should ask ourselves some hard questions: to what extents has our foreign policy benefited Nigerians? To what extent has our foreign policy put food on our tables? In other words, where is the citizen in our foreign policy?”
Quoting Williams Dubois, the Minister said, “The colour of the skin remains the defining paradigm of international relations. And I think that it would not be out of naivety for the largest black country in the world not to be conscious of the fact that colour of corruption is black, so long as the colour of corruption is black, so long as the colour of HIV/AIDS is black, so long as the colour of ethnic conflicts is black…all black people all over the world, whether they are Congress men in the United States or the United Kingdom, they will never walk proud any where in the world.”
He said that Nigeria carried enormous burden to be the symbol of the success of the black nation and there could never be a black success story, “unless it is a Nigeria success story.”

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Very very inspiring! I like it.
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by babasin(m): 9:56pm On Sep 12, 2007
Very very inspiring! I like it

Let see what becomes of this.

It was same Ojo, that said Nigerians should ride bicyle to work

Two days later, he was nocked-down by Bus-driver in Abuja.

grin cheesy grin cool
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by presido1: 10:56pm On Sep 12, 2007
Its good we make our own Foriegn policy to show the world that they cannot always take us for a ride. But will the next admin after this keep it going? i doubt.
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by fatty27: 5:00am On Sep 13, 2007
@poster
that solution is over due. Let us attack them jo. After all we are now a developed nation. Thanks to vision 2020.
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by DisGuy: 5:22am On Sep 13, 2007
presido1:

Its good we make our own Foriegn policy to show the world that they cannot always take us for a ride. But will the next admin after this keep it going? i doubt.

the question should be will the current admin keep it going -after he drops the paper he read from he will probably go to Spain for a massage!

remember the Nigerian high commission issued warning to travellers to the UK last year about 'chiefs' being robbed with ketchup, and fani kayode also made some noise about banning foreign airlines for not paying tax and losing customer luggage wink
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by Iman3(m): 3:21pm On Sep 13, 2007
The best way to burnish our image is not by making empty threats against others but by conducting an honest and effective campaign against corruption.

Even Nigerians refer to Nigeria as a corrupt country,does that mean Nigerians are hostile?
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by babasin(m): 4:05pm On Sep 13, 2007
The best way to burnish our image is not by making empty threats against others but by conducting an honest and effective campaign against corruption.

very trusth. How sad,

Ojo, the JOKE is the best yaradua can put as foreign affairs minister.

cool grin
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by Iman3(m): 4:07pm On Sep 13, 2007
Was Ojo not one of those Abacha cronies?
Re: Nigeria To Adopt ‘citizenship Diplomacy’ by babasin(m): 4:52pm On Sep 13, 2007
@I-man,

Ojo was the guy that stood on stage for 5-million march for Abacha.

He said among others: if Abacha is not President; Nigeria will collapse.

grin cheesy

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