Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate in 2023, has reiterated his commitment to reestablishing Nigeria’s leadership position in regional security and development.
According to a statement from his media office, Atiku, the former vice president, gave the assurance on Thursday in Abuja, when he and his delegation, which also included Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, the governor of Delta State and the PDP’s vice presidential candidate, and Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the party’s national chairman, met with the 19 ambassadors from European nations and the ambassador of the EU Mission in Nigeria.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) was criticized by the former vice president for its anti-people policies.
According to Atiku, the benefits of the foreign policy that the previous PDP administrations pursued, were undermined by the closing of the borders.
He further pledged that under his leadership, he would reinforce regional security and cooperation.
The statement partly read “Atiku told the diplomats that his cardinal foreign policy is a cordial relationship with all countries and blocs with West Africa and Africa being the centre of his foreign policy.
“He said that the crisis points in the sub region cannot be addressed in isolation, are similar and largely fueled by lack of development and will require him working with all the countries to bring peace back to the region.
“He recalled the enviable role that Nigeria played during the Obasanjo and preceding administrations that saw the country providing support and leading the initiatives to restore peace and stability in the region.
“The Waziri Adamawa desires that Nigeria and EU develop strong partnership in strengthening democracy and mutual benefit of both economies.
“He used the opportunity of the meeting to share his vision of a greater Nigeria and gave the diplomats an insight into his socio-economic and political agenda for Nigeria”.