Boko Haram: Nigeria withdraws peacekeeping troops from Mali

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The of the , , Monday said activities of had compelled the government withdraw Nigeria’s peacekeeping Mali.

He made the remark at a two-day retreat Nigeria’s Foreign Policy jointly organised by the Committee Foreign Affairs and the Institute of International Affairs in Lagos.

The said Boko Haram insurgency had become a major challenge Nigeria’s efforts at forging relationships with her -speaking neighbours.

“The activities of are beginning affect Nigeria’s foreign policy,” said Mark, represented by , Sen. Anthony Manzo.

He held that any government’s foreign policy was an extension of its domestic policy.

“Let me advert to the domestic exigency that is now dominating and affecting Nigeria’s foreign policy.

“The onslaught of in Northern Nigeria presently constitutes a serious security threat.

“If a foreign policy is a reflection of the domestic policy, then, acts have invariably affected and determined our foreign behaviour,’’ he said.

He expressed optimism that the retreat would identify and proffer solutions to Nigeria’s present foreign policy challenges.

Sen. Mathew Nwagwu, Chairman, Senate Committee Foreign Affairs, said Nigeria’s foreign policy had since 1960 remained consistent with very few adjustments to meet the present challenges.

Nwagwu said the retreat was to review some aspects of Nigeria’s foreign policy and strengthen its missions abroad.