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The Former Nigerian Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador Usman Sarki has called on the Federal government to develop strategies that will make the country less exposed to international challenges.
The Ambassador made the call in an interview with Radio Nigeria in Maiduguri.
Ambassador Sarki who is also a Directing Staff at the National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies also stressed the need for the county to strengthen its capacity for food production, bolster the industrial and manufacturing sectors against the backdrop of recent conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
“The Central Bank few years ago entered into agreement with China to make the R&B, this are this are the sort of strategies we need to examine so that we do not become exposed to this kind of situations ” Ambassador Sarki said.
The former Nigerian Envoy remarked that the country need to define its foreign policy by taking into cognisance the interest of Nigeria first and not the interest of other countries.
He said the county needs to diversity its sources of procurement and investment so as not to depend on one country for investment.
On the implications of Russia-Ukraine conflict on Nigerians, Ambassador Sarki urges the federal government to do whatever means possible to ensure the safety and well-being of its citizens in Ukraine.
The former Envoy highlighted other implications of the conflict on African countries and Nigeria in particular including a rise in food prices and other commodities such as crude oil.